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Lugoff Fire-Rescue will be hosting the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) “Tie One On for Safety” event at the Lugoff Fire-Rescue Headquarters located at 892 Hwy 1 South in Lugoff Tuesday November 18 at 6:30 PM inside the bay area. Fire crews will team up with MADD members and local law enforcement officials to launch the 28th year of the “Tie One on for Safety” Ribbon Campaign in Kershaw County as we draw closer to the holidays. “Tie One On for Safety” is MADD’s largest community awareness campaign focusing on raising awareness about the importance of planning ahead and designating a sober non-drinking driver, especially during the holidays when our roads are most dangerous.

“In the fire service, we see first-hand the disastrous effects of impaired driving and how devastating it is to families and loved ones. We want to do everything we can to team with law enforcement throughout South Carolina and the members of SC MADD in Kershaw County to put an end to this completely preventable crime that hurts so many people each year” Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis Ray stated.

A press conference will be held during this event and first-responders will be available for comment after the event. This event is open to the public and media is asked to attend to help us share this critical message to the public and help support the mission of first-responders as we support MADD.

This past Friday night in high school football playoff action Fairfield Central beats Strom thrumond 34-7, Newberry knocks off Woodruff 42-28, Westwood over Colleton County 34-10, South Florence defeated Blythewood 39-7, Summerville beats Sumter 30-14, A.C. Flora thumps Lancaster 41-7, and River Bluff a 16 seed upsets Goose Creek a number one seed 22-21.

In College football this past Saturday the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets stung the Clemson Tigers 28-6. Deshaun Watson was 5 of 7 for 27 yards through the air before going down with a torn ACL. Cole Stoudt went 3 of 11 for 19 yards and three interceptions. While Ammon Lakip hit a 27 yard and a 32 yard field goals. Clemson record falls to 7-3 and 6-2 in ACC play. The South Carolina Gamecocks went down to Gainsville Florida and upset the Florida Gators in overtime 23-20. Gamecock Quarterback DylanThompson was 22 of 41 for 206 yards through the air. Thompson would scramble for the game winning touchdown in overtime from four yards out. The Gamecocks record improves to 5-5 and 3-5 in the SEC.

This past Sunday in NFL action the Carolina Panthers fall to the Atlanta Falcons 19-17. Cam Newton was 23 for 37 for 292 yards two touchdowns and two interceptions through the air.  Leading the Panthers in receiving was Kelvin Benjamin who had 9 catches for 109 yards and one touchdown.

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

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at 6:30 its college basketball as the Clemson Tigers take on the Winthorp Eagles.

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) earned an “Excellent” Absolute rating on state report cards issued today by the South Carolina Department of Education.

“This is wonderful, especially when coupled with our recent news of a ‘B’ on our federal ESEA rating,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan.  “This is a tremendous return on the dollar.  Our schools are producing outstanding results, and I am extremely grateful to the hard work of our students, families, teachers and administrators.”

Ratings formulas based on student achievement levels are set by the Education Oversight Committee, created by the General Assembly to guide implementation of South Carolina’s Education Accountability Act of 1998.  Districts and schools receive Absolute ratings—Excellent, Good, Average, Below Average or At-Risk—that compare individual student test scores compared to a target level of performance.

Growth ratings use the same categories and measure test scores from one year to the next. The district received a “Good” rating on its Growth rating.

When comparing Midlands districts’ state and federal ratings, KCSD’s “Excellent” Absolute rating and “Good” Growth ratings are the highest in the region, with its federal ESEA rating only slightly below Lexington/Richland 5 and Lexington 1.

All of the KCSD school Absolute ratings issued were Average or above. Eight schools—ATEC, Baron DeKalb Elementary, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Lugoff Elementary, Lugoff-Elgin Middle, Mt. Pisgah Elementary, North Central High and Wateree Elementary—earned Excellent Absolute ratings and five schools—Blaney Elementary, Camden Elementary, Camden High, Lugoff-Elgin High and Stover Middle—received Good Absolute ratings. Bethune Elementary, Camden Middle, Jackson, Midway Elementary, North Central Middle and Pine Tree Hill Elementary and earned Average Absolute ratings.

Five schools—ATEC, Camden Elementary, Lugoff Elementary, Mt. Pisgah Elementary and North Central High—received Excellent Growth ratings.

Four schools—Baron DeKalb Elementary, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Mt. Pisgah Elementary and Lugoff-Elgin Middle—improved their Absolute ratings while six schools—ATEC, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Lugoff Elementary, Mt. Pisgah Elementary, North Central High and Wateree Elementary—improved their Growth ratings.

Title I schools also receive accountability indicators. Five local Title I schools were named Reward Schools for Performance for the third year in a row for being the highest performing Title I schools in the state.  These include Baron DeKalb Elementary, Bethune Elementary, Blaney Elementary, Midway Elementary and Mt. Pisgah Elementary.  Doby’s Mill Elementary also earned Reward status this year.

In addition, Mt. Pisgah Elementary was named a Reward School for Progress because it demonstrated “the most substantial progress in either the ‘all students’ group or in identified subgroups from one school year to the next.”

KCSD had no Title I schools named as Priority Schools for being the lowest performing.

 

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at 6:30 its high school football as the Fairfield Central Griffins hosts Strom Thurmond in the second round of the class 2A state playoffs.

Saturday on kool 102.7 at 9:00 its college football as the Tiger Tailgate show gets you ready for Clemson and Georgia Tech and on Startime 1590 at 9:00 its more college football as Gamecock Gameday sets you up for South Carolina and Florida both games will kickoff at 12 noon.

Sunday on Kool 102.7 following our church services its NFL action as the Carolina Panthers battle the Atlanta Falcons and on Startime 1590 at 2pm its Nascar Sprint Cup action as the Ford Ecoboost 400 live from Homestead Florida where a new Champion will be crowned.

Ribbon cutting ceremonies took place Thursday afternoon for the City of Camden’s new $35 million wastewater treatment plant.  Camden mayor Tony Scully said the new facility will play an important role in economic development while Sam Davis, deputy director of public works for the city called the plant a “state of the art” treatment facility using the latest technology.  Among those present for the ribbon cutting were state senator Vincent Sheheen and representative Laurie Slade Funderburk along with members of Camden City Council.

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Folks dropped the Lugoff Fire Department Wednesday afternoon to donate funds and items to help out Pearl Brown, the woman who last week lost her home to arson.  Lugoff fire chief Dennis Ray says that the community has shown great support for Brown and that the Lugoff Fire Department is spearheading efforts at helping get Brown back on her feet.  Brown’s home was one of two destroyed recently in Lugoff by arson.  Brown lost everything in the fire and Ray says folks in Kershaw County and outside of the county have rallied to help Brown.

On the morning of November 11, 2014 a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a residence on Watts Hill Circle in Elgin following the report of a bit pull attack on a female victim. When the deputy arrived, Kershaw County EMS was already at the scene treating the woman for a dog bite to her leg.

 

According to the victim, she had been doing her morning walk down her road when a gray pit bull charged her. She stated that the dog began walking around her, snarling and growling. As she attempted to back up, the dog attacked her and bit her on her leg above the ankle. The victim advised that the dog held on to her leg for 15-20 seconds before letting go.

The deputy walked over to the site where the attack occurred in order to locate the animal and the owner. At that time the grey pit bull charged the deputy, growling. The deputy yelled at the dog, but it continued its charge. The deputy drew his handgun and when the animal was about 15 feet away, he shot it in the chest and leg. This stopped the attack and the dog limped away.

A short time later, Kershaw County Animal Control arrived on the scene and removed the animal from the scene. At the owner’s request, the dog was destroyed.

“This is the second serious pit bull attack in Kershaw County in the past week. Whether you are a pit bull lover or not, it is apparent that as a breed they have a tendency to attack people or other pets more so than do most breeds. Owners of pit bulls should take extra precautions and insure that their dogs are secured,” said Sheriff Jim Matthews.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week will be observed in Kershaw County and across the country from Nov. 16-22, the week before Thanksgiving. The Homeless Housing Committee of the Kershaw County Housing Partnership is sponsoring the following local events in the hope that all citizens will participate in at least one event or activity.

  • Candlelight Vigil in Hampton Park on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 pm: Bible readings, poetry, music, and prayer led by Father John Zimmerman.
  • Prayer Breakfast at United Way of Kershaw County on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 8:30 am: light breakfast, fellowship, and prayer to end hunger and homelessness.
  • Community Awareness Luncheon at Food for the Soul on Friday, Nov. 21 at noon: the public is invited to enjoy lunch and learn about services to those in need.
  • Community Food Drive at local grocery stores on Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm: to benefit the county’s food pantries and soup kitchens. Shoppers are asked to purchase extra canned food and nonperishable items for donation onsite. Volunteers will be present for collection outside of the stores. The food drive is being coordinated by Hermitage Baptist Church; for more information call 803-432-4165.
  • “Walk a Mile in Our Shoes” Awareness Walk on Saturday, Nov. 22: begins at United Way at 10:00 am and continues on through downtown Camden (1.8 miles). Simple cardboard signs will be carried by youth and adults of all ages to show support for the homeless and hungry.

The community is also urged to donate clean, gently used winter coats, blankets, and sturdy shoes to organizations serving the homeless such as New Day on Mill transitional housing program for women and their children, Shelter from the Storm transitional housing program for men, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and Food for the Soul soup kitchens, Second Look Charities thrift shop, and United Way. (Pictures included)

Churches, schools, and other organizations are urged to participate to help raise awareness and promote services to assist those in need in our county. Contact United Way of Kershaw County at 803-432-0951 for more information.

If you ask any educator, analyzing student test data is a critical component of improving a school’s academic performance, but the task of working with so many numbers at one time can be overwhelming.

In the Kershaw County School District (KCSD), that task has been greatly improved thanks to the creation of a Microsoft Access-based data analyzer by one of its own employees.  Now, the rest of the state knows the significance of this important invention.

KCSD Assessment Director Lavoy Carter received a District Technology Innovative Program (TIP) Award from the South Carolina Association for Educational Technology at last month’s EdTech conference in Greenville.

“Lavoy’s SCPASS Analyzer is brilliant,” said KCSD Frank Morgan.  “I’ve been in education for almost 40 years, and it truly is one of the best tools that I have ever seen to make reviewing test score information quick and easy.”

TIP awards recognize outstanding programs and activities in South Carolina that showcase innovative uses of technology in education.

 

Carter’s SCPASS Analyzer takes a raw test score file that is more than 300 columns wide and almost five thousand rows long and joins that data with teacher schedules from the district’s student information system to create one large relational database. With just a few mouse-clicks, teachers and administrators can access Carter’s data analyzer to create concise reports that show test performance by various student groups by subject area as well as by individual subject standards. The data analyzer helps teachers make sense of test scores so they can plan differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all students.

In addition to two complimentary conference registrations, Carter received a Microsoft Surface2, AppleTV, EdTech t-shirts/bags and a Lucite award plaque.

KCSD has received TIP awards in the past several years.  Last year, Curriculum Specialist Lisa Carter received a school TIP Award for her use of Flipped Faculty Meetings, a tool she continues to use in helping schools with training. Prior to that, Doby’s Mill Elementary librarian Betsy Long and Intervention Coordinator Vickie Norton received school TIP awards for the school’s W.A.L.K. Club (a program that encourages students to walk during their recess while listening to digital books on iPods), Classrooms Without Borders (a digital collaborations program which involved online pen pals with students on other continents and Skypes with authors) and “This Isn’t Your Mama’s Music Room!” (a program where teachers integrated music across the curriculum and networked with others to promote the arts and education through blogging, Wiki space, QR codes, and Edmodo).