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With almost thirty percent of the student body enrolled in band, North Central Middle School (NCMS) has a need for more musical instruments and will now receive those thanks to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

“This award will allow us to provide instruments to students who otherwise would not be able to enjoy the benefits of our band,” said NCMS Band Director Jonas Nix. “This award will greatly enhance our band program by allowing students the use of high quality instruments for many years!”

After NCMS submitted an application, the foundation found its program to be a worthwhile investment, allowing more students to be able to play and experience the benefits of music education.  The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation will be presenting NCMS with over $16,000 worth of instruments later this summer.

“Learning music in school is a way to engage kids and give them something that makes them better students and better people,” said Felice Mancini, President & CEO of The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.  “They deserve every tool available to help them receive a quality education, and we want to insure that music is in that toolbox.”

The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation donates musical instruments to under-funded schools in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students and inspire creativity and expression through playing music. The organization was inspired by the 1995 motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opusand founded by Michael Kamen, who composed the music for the movie and countless others.  In the last 20 years, over 20,000 instruments have been donated to over 1,360 schools across the country.  More information can be found at www.mhopus.org.

On May 20, 2016 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Kaycee Davante White (19) whose last known address is on Corbett Mill Rd. in Lee County on charges stemming from the armed robbery of a Kangaroo Express convenience store in East Camden and a home invasion that occurred on Drakeford Rd. in Cassatt.

At approximately 2:12am on May 16, 2016 a man, later identified as White, entered the Kangaroo Express gas station and convenience store in East Camden with a sawed off 12 ga. shotgun and robbed a female clerk of an undisclosed amount of money. White left the scene on foot and got into a vehicle that he parked nearby and departed the area.

Three days later White entered a home on Drakeford Rd. in Cassatt and using the same sawed off shotgun demanded money and weapons he believed to be at the residence. One of the persons residing at the Drakeford Rd. home retrieved a handgun and forced White outside at gunpoint. Another person living on the property observed White who was now hiding in the bushes waiting for his ride. This second person fired several rounds in White’s direction. White then fled the scene on foot.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office bloodhound tracking team was called to the scene and followed White’s trail for about 2 miles. Dog handlers observed footprints which they believed came from the same shoes worn by the suspect during this home invasion and armed robbery of the Kangaroo store.

“White became more brazen as he continued his crime spree and his arrest was our top priority,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. “We felt that if he wasn’t caught soon he would end up killing someone. A considerable effort was expended in identifying White as our suspect and apprehending him.”

Kershaw County investigators were aware that the Camden Police Department was investigating a home invasion that occurred in the City of Camden on April 27, 2016 with some similarities to the Kershaw County armed robbery and home invasion. KCSO investigators then began working with Camden Police Department investigators, believing the suspect in all of these crimes to be the same.

On May 20th a team of KCSO investigators ultimately arrested White at a residence in the Shepard Acres mobile home park near Cassatt following a foot chase and struggle. They also seized a 12 ga. sawed off shotgun and clothing that it is believed White wore during the armed robbery of the Kangaroo convenience store.

White was transported to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed by KCSO investigators and a Camden Police Department investigator. White confessed to the Camden PD investigator and a KCSO investigator that he had done the armed robbery and home invasions, including the home invasion in the City of Camden.

White is currently facing KCSO charges for kidnapping ( multiple counts), armed robbery (2 counts), burglary (1st degree), possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime (2 counts), possession of a sawed off shotgun and resisting arrest. He also faces minor misdemeanor charges. The Camden Police Department has also filed charges against White in conjunction with the home invasion in Camden.

White remains in the Kershaw County Detention after a Kershaw County magistrate denied bond.

 

White has no criminal record as an adult.

The Atlanta Braves are off tonight.  They start a three game series with the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday evening.  Airtime Tuesday evening on KOOL 102.7 is 5:55pm.

Tonight on KOOL 102.7 it’s Sports Talk from 6pm to 8pm.

Mark Elam of Boeing South Carolina with county council chairman Julian Burns

Community and business leaders in Kershaw County Friday morning heard about the importance of Boeing South Carolina to the entire Palmetto State and how Boeing is working to become an important part of communities around the state.  Mark Elam, director of state and local government operations for Boeing South Carolina, says that Boeing is proud to be in South Carolina. Elam said that Boeing is working to support education throughout the Palmetto State and also working to increase the number of in-state suppliers to its North Charleston plant. Boeing builds 787 airliners at their plant in North Charleston.

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The South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association Thursday named two players from Camden High to the All-State team. The association also named Denny Beckley the 3-A coach of the year for the 2nd time in his career.  The players from Camden High making the All-State team were Will Abbott and Devin Beckley.

Will Abbot was also selected to play in the North/South All-Star game.

Firefighters from Lugoff Fire-Rescue were required to extricate a driver pinned inside an SUV from a serious motor vehicle crash in Lugoff on Thursday around 10:15 AM. A 15-passenger van collided with a small SUV at the intersection of US 1 and SC 34 in Lugoff causing heavy front-end damage to the SUV trapping the driver inside. Firefighters used modern Hurst E-Draulic rescue tools to remove pieces of the vehicle to access and remove the driver after stabilizing the SUV from movement. The driver of the SUV was transported to Kershaw Health after being removed. Eight total patients were transported to Kershaw Health from the passenger van after crews triaged the patients. Moderate to heavy rain was falling at the time of the rescue making the scene even more dangerous for the fire crews. Some lanes of US 1 were blocked for emergency crews to safely operate on the vehicles. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. All lanes were open with crews clear of the scene by 11:30 AM. Lugoff Rescue Engine 10, Service 10, and Battalion 1 responded to the incident and utilized electronic traffic arrow boards mounted on the trucks to direct traffic away from the incident.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all drivers for understanding our need to close certain lanes of the roadway during these type of incidents to prevent one of our firefighters from being struck. Public Safety, DOT, wrecker, and other roadway contract workers get injured and killed on our roadways all too often; we cannot take that chance as we assist people during traumatic incidents on the roadway. We ask that all drivers continue to use extreme caution when approaching any of our vehicles on a roadway as we have many job functions going on helping people in times of need. We try to open the roadways as soon as we can safely do so for those of us working these incidents and to prevent further damage to other vehicles. Safely take advantage of radio, electronic, and social media when traveling to avoid areas where emergency crews are working to help all of us stay safe” Lugoff Fire-Rescue Chief Dennis Ray stated.

Students from the Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) computer service technology program swept the state SkillsUSA competition and will represent South Carolina in national competition in June.

Dylan Hendrix from North Central High School placed first, Austin Quick from Lugoff-Elgin High School placed second and Lee Thompson from Camden High School placed third in the state competition held in April in Greenville.

Traditionally, the first place winner represents the state at the national SkillsUSA competition held in Louisville, Ky. But due to a scheduling conflict, Hendrix is not available to compete, so Quick will go in his place.

Their ATEC program instructor Jerry Taylor says, “There is no drop off in the skill level of Austin compared to Dylan. I would feel confident with either one representing my program, my school or my state.”

SkillsUSA is a student organization that improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training.

“We are very proud of these students and their accomplishments,” says ATEC director Gordon Morris. “They have continued a growing tradition of having state champions here at ATEC.

“Taylor has developed a strong computer service technology program which is recognized statewide as among the best for career and technology education students.”

 

Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (LEMS) celebrated its third re-designation as a Schools to Watch award winner Wednesday, the first school in SC to earn this national honor for the fourth time.  Schools to Watch officials said that with only 19 out of 300 middle schools in the state that have earned this award, this is “truly a big deal.”  LEMS’ top readers hold the school’s latest banner along with LEMS Principal Karen Bullard to celebrate the award.