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In a letter to chamber members, Liz Horton, the Executive Director of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce announced her resignation on Tuesday. Horton will take on the role of Senior Vice President of Operations for the Greenville South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. Horton has served as the Kershaw County Chamber Head for the past eight years and her resignation will be effective August 30th. Amy Kinard, Immediate Past President of the Board has been appointed by the chamber’s Executive Committee as the interim director after Horton’s departure.

On July 15, 2016, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators arrested Joseph Kenneth Thomas (46) who lives in Buxton, NC and Michelle Asbill Silver (42), who also lives in Buxton, NC after they were found to be in possession of approximately one ounce of methamphetamine, a quantity of cocaine, ¼ pound of marijuana and 120 oxycodone tablets while at the Pilot Truck Stop on US 601 in Lugoff.

Shortly after 3pm on July 15, 2016, KCSO Narcotics Investigators were conducting surveillance at the 601 Pilot Truck Stop when they observed Thomas and Silver who were in a Cadillac Escalade parked along with the 18 wheelers. The investigators became suspicious of their actions and when they departed the truck stop, the investigators followed the Escalade and observed a traffic violation. The deputies then conducted a lawful traffic stop. When the deputies stopped the vehicle on I-20 and approached, they smelled the odor of marijuana. An ensuing search revealed the methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and oxycodone tablets.

“Our narcotics investigators are doing an exemplary job in targeting drug dealers in Kershaw County,” said Sheriff Jim Matthews. “As I have said before, drug abuse of all kinds is a common thread in almost all criminal activity we deal with and narcotics enforcement is high on our priority list.”

Both Thomas and Silver were arrested and transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center and have been released on bond. Thomas was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance. Silver was charged with trafficking methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Thomas has previously been arrested for trespassing, DUI, possession of marijuana, driving under suspension, providing false info to police, unlawful carrying of a weapon, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, trafficking in heroin and possession of a firearm by a felon. He is currently out on bond in North Carolina on narcotics and firearms charges.

Silver has previously been arrested for numerous narcotics violations, probation violations and possession of a firearm by a felon. She is currently out on bond in North Carolina on narcotics and firearms charges.

Later on July 15th, KCSO Narcotics Investigators executed a search warrant at an apartment on Laurens St. in Camden. During a search of the apartment deputies located and seized approximately 2 ounces of crack cocaine, a half ounce of powder cocaine and a small amount of marijuana. The occupant of the apartment, Anthony C. Davis (36), was arrested and charged with trafficking crack cocaine and trafficking cocaine. He was also charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine within proximity of a school and possession with intent to distribute cocaine within proximity of a school.

Davis has previously been arrested in New Jersey for possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

 

Parents in the Kershaw County School District can fill out their children’s school registration materials from home using a web-based system.

Using “InfoSnap,” parents access customized online forms for each student to update their information, provide emergency contact and vital medical information and read and agree to important notifications.  In years past, parents had to print out forms and take them to their children’s schools or fill out forms at school sites.

As an added bonus, parents with more than one child can copy common registration information rather than filling out separate forms for each child. Parents can also pay district-required fees online or wait and pay those at the school on Registration Day.

“This is our second year using an online process for our registration,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan.  “Families gave us positive feedback last school year about the ease of use so we look forward to continuing this success this year.”

Morgan said completing the online registration process prior to Registration Day will save families a significant amount of time on that day.  If the online registration process is not completed prior to attending Registration Day, parents will have to complete it at school that day.

Registration Day for elementary and middle school students is Wednesday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m.

High School Registration Days are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. as follows:

  • Camden High: July 27-28 (all grades both days)
  • Continuous Learning Center: July 27 (all grades)
  • Lugoff-Elgin High: July 27 (9th grade registration, orientation & tours); July 28 (10th-12th graders)
  • North Central High: July 27 (9th grade registration & tours); July 28 (grades 10-12)

All parents will be required to provide a current (two months or less) utility bill (electric or water) that contains the student’s address at Registration Day.

In order to begin the online registration process, parents of returning students will receive a unique “Snapcode” for each child enrolled in a KCSD school by mail in mid-July.  These parents who have provided the school district with their email addresses will also receive the information via email.

The school district has a Registration section on its website at www.kcsdschools.net/register which contains a link to the InfoSnap site and answers to.  frequently asked questions.  The registration information is available in both English and Spanish.

Parents log into the InfoSnap site using the link provided in the e-mail or letter and create an account.  Parents must complete all of the information required before submitting the form, but uncompleted work can be saved and accessed later by logging back into their account. Once the form is submitted, parents will be asked if there is another student to register. Information that is applicable can be copied from the first child’s form to additional children’s files.

Families of students who participated in the kindergarten registration process earlier this year to complete their initial enrollment record will receive a Snapcode for their students.  They should complete the online registration process and attend Registration Day.

Families of students who are new to the school district should register online and do not need a Snapcode. They should attend Registration Day and will be contacted by the school to set up a time to bring the following documents which are required to enroll a student for the first time: a copy of the child’s birth certificate, the child’s South Carolina Certificate of Immunization, a parent/guardian’s valid South Carolina driver’s license, a tax document with the current and correct address, a check stub with the current and correct address, either a mortgage or lease agreement or legally notarized documentation from the landlord and a current (two months or less) utility bill (electric or water) that contains the student’s address.  A child’s registration will not be complete without this documentation.

Parents can also complete applications for free and reduced priced meals online.  The link to do so is provided as part of the online registration process.  Families must reapply for this status each year and doing the paperwork online before school starts helps speed up the notification process.

Filing closed Friday at twelve noon for City of Camden elections which take place this fall during the general election.  Filing as candidates for mayor of Camden were Laurie Parks and Alfred Mae Drakeford, both members of Camden city council.  Filing for seats on Camden city council were Joanna Craig, John Moncure, Willard Polk and Stephan Smoak.  Camden municipal elections take place in November during the general election.

An Elgin man who was injured in a moped earlier this month died Thursday at Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia. Kershaw county coroner David West says 45 year old Darry Bennett died Thursday at Palmetto Richland as a result of injuries suffered in a moped accident that took place on July 8th  when he lost control at the intersection of Sessions Road and Wildwood Lane.

Susan Burroughs, FACHE has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) at KershawHealth, according to Chief Executive Officer Terry Gunn, FACHE. As Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Burroughs will have operational oversight for much of the health system’s ancillary clinical services and support services.

Having worked in hospital leadership roles for 27 years, Ms. Burroughs brings significant experience to her new position and has a proven track record of service growth and quality care. Ms. Burroughs comes to Camden from Charleston where she served as Vice President Provider Solutions for Resource Partners, LLC. Prior to that, she served as Associate Chief Operating Officer for HCA, Inc.’s Corporate Executive Development Program in Nashville, TN and Associate Chief Operating Officer for Trident Medical Center in Charleston.

Ms. Burroughs earned her B.S. in biology from California State University in Northridge and her M.H.A. (Master’s in Health Administration) from the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development in Los Angeles and was chosen Dean’s Merit Scholar. She has earned certifications in Six Sigma Green Belt from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, LEAN Healthcare from the Belmont University, Jack C. Massey Graduate School and Management of Ambulatory Care Systems from the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development.

“Throughout her healthcare career, Susan has had outstanding success at every turn. She has a gift for inspiring those around her to offer the best quality service to patients and employees within hospitals, health systems and physician practices,” said Gunn. ”Susan has worked with clinicians, physicians, hospital staff and communities providing healthcare leadership to improve patient experiences and outcomes. We are very excited about the addition of Susan to our Senior Leadership Team.”

Ms. Burroughs is actively involved with various national and local organizations and boards that focus on health, financial empowerment, workforce development and the arts. Her hobbies include music, theatre, traveling, golfing and being healthy.

The major league All-Star break is over .  The Atlanta Braves will play again this evening when they met the Colorado Rockies. Airtime on KOOL 102.7 is 6:20pm Friday.

During the morning hours of July 14, 2016 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested David James Link (24) who lives on Haile St. in Camden and Cameron Russell Griffin (17) who lives on Branham Ave. in Camden and charged them with burglary (2nd degree) and petty larceny after they broke into a home on Trails End Rd. Camden and stole numerous items.

Cameron Griffin

Cameron Griffin

At about 6:45am on July 14, 2016 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Hasty and Haile streets in Camden after a citizen observed a man, later identified as Griffin, walking down the street carrying a 42 in. television on his back which later turned out to be stolen. Link was riding a bicycle, later determined to be stolen, along side Griffin.

David Link

David Link

When the two men spotted the arriving deputies, Link fled on the bicycle but was quickly apprehended. Another deputy was able to take Griffin into custody. Deputies canvassed the neighborhood and were able to determine from which home the stolen items had been taken. Along with a KCSO investigator, officers found that the two men had stolen a canoe which they had been using to transport the stolen items from the burglary location across Kendall Lake to a location where they stashed them.

Both young men were eventually transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where they are awaiting a bond hearing.

Griffin has no prior arrest record. Link has been previously arrested for reckless driving, operating uninsured motor vehicle, burglary (3rd degree), resisting arrest, driving under suspension and narcotics possession.