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Five Kershaw County educators have been recertified with the highest credential available in the teaching profession, bringing the total number of Kershaw County School District (KCSD) employees who are National Board certified to 125.

“It is rewarding to see these teachers continue this national level of certification,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan.  “I commend them for continuing to ensure their professional growth and strengthen their skills.

Newly recertified KCSD teachers are Mary Hall Granger, Blaney Elementary; Calvin McRoy, Lugoff-Elgin High; Julie Stockman, Lugoff-Elgin Middle; and Nancy Kalutz and Marilyn Morgan, Midway Elementary.

Seventeen percent of Kershaw County’s teaching force is National Board certified.

National Board Certification is a voluntary process established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  Teachers seeking National Board Certification undertake a two-part process that takes from one to three years to complete.

The process requires candidates to reflect on their classroom practices, their understanding of subject material and their preparation techniques.  In addition to preparing a portfolio with videotapes of classroom teaching, lesson plans, student work samples and reflective essays, teachers must complete assessment center exercises based on content knowledge that proves they have mastered the subjects they teach and also know how to teach them.

For the fourth time in two weeks, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies were involved in a vehicle pursuit. In this incident Corbin Reese Bailey (20) who lives on Ned Williams Rd. in Lancaster, SC was arrested after he lost control of the vehicle he was driving following a pursuit which reached speeds of 70 miles per hour.

During the early morning hours of December 14, 2014, the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a stolen vehicle. The owner of the vehicle was able to follow it and report its whereabouts via cell phone as deputies were directed to its location. A Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office traffic unit intercepted the stolen truck on Old Georgetown Rd. and attempted to stop it. Bailey, the sole occupant and operator of the vehicle, fled from the deputy. The chase lasted under 5 minutes on rural roads and ended when Bailey lost control and crashed into a ditch. The pursuing deputy quickly apprehended Bailey who remained in the stolen vehicle following the crash.

Bailey was placed under arrest and charged with failure to stop for a blue light, DUI, DUS and grand larceny. He was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he remains at this time. He has one previous arrest for unlawful carrying of a weapon in Lancaster County.

 

This past Friday night in high school basketball the Camden High Lady Bulldogs knocked off Lugoff Elgin 63-35 while the Lugoff Elgin boys used a 32 point third quarter to overtake Camden’s 26 point lead as they defeat Camden 88-84.

In College basketball action this past Sunday afternoon the Clemson Tigers got 20 points from Rod Hall to take down Auburn 72-61. The Tigers record improves to 6-3 on the season.

This past Sunday in Women’s College basketball action the number one ranked South Carolina Lady Gamecocks had no problem with the Savannah State Tigers as the Lady Gamecocks who were lead by Asia Wilson with 23 points 6 rebounds 1 assist 1 steal and 2 blocks as helps South Carolina to a 111- 49 win. South Carolina’s record improves to 9-0 on the season.

In NFL action this past Sunday afternoon The Carolina Panthers who were without Cam Newton who is recovering from a car wreck started Derrick Anderson in his place. Anderson lead the Panthers to a 19-17 win over Tampa Bay. Anderson was 25 of 40 for 277 yards and a touchdown. Panthers were also lead by Greg Olson who had 10 catches for 110 yards and Kelvin Benjamin who had 8 catches 104 yards. With that win the Panthers take over the top stop in the NFC South division with 5-8-1 record.

Tonight in Middle School basketball Lugoff Elgin goes to Stover while Camden travels to Chester both of these games will start at 5:30.

Tuesday night in High School basketball Camden host Lakewood while North Central goes on the road to Mcbee both of these games will start at 6:00.

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at 6:00 its Sports Talk with Phil Kornblutt then at 7:00 its Tiger Calls with Clemson head basketball coach Brad Brownell and at 8:00 join Mic Mixon for Panther Talk.

At a special meeting Thursday evening Kershaw county council passed a resolution authorizing the county to enter into negotiations regarding a letter of intent between Kershawhealth, Kershaw county and M.U.S.C./Capella healthcare regarding a strategic partnership and authorizing the chair of Kershaw county council to execute a negotiated letter of intent regarding a strategic partnership.  The vote by council was unanimous.

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) again received “unmodified opinions”—the top results possible—during its annual financial audit as completed by an external independent CPA firm.

Larry Montague of Burkett, Burkett & Burkett presented the firm’s audit of the district’s 2013-14 financial statements as required by law at the Dec. 9 school board meeting.

The firm issued “unmodified opinions” for the financial statements and for compliance with major federal awards as well as a “no deficiencies” opinion for the internal controls over financial reporting.

Montague said the audit findings are “the best that can be done.” He said that this was a “clean audit” and commended the school board for facing adverse conditions head on and overcoming them.

The auditor noted that the district’s management has continued its conservative expenditure budgeting as both the local and state economies have not returned to their pre-2008 levels. In 2011, the district’s combined general fund and special revenue accounts were $10.35 million less than those of 2009.  He noted that the 2014 figure is still $1.03 million less than the 2009 total budgeted amount.

After hearing KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan highlight the district’s recent recognition by the Center for American Progress for providing a “high return” on its investment, Montague noted that “not many school districts have been able to provide as good a product as you have been able to maintain.”

The auditor also commended the school district’s Aa1 rating from Moody’s that reduces the district’s debt service interest.  From 2008 to 2014, the district’s total bonded indebtedness has been lowered by $14.21 million.

In addition, he noted that Kershaw County had provided the district with an operating millage increase of 1.8 mills for the current school year after approving a 3.5 mill increase for the previous one.

In saying that the district has “remarkable” sound management practices, Montague praised the district’s school food service operations for absorbing $286,277 in indirect costs and not having to raise meal prices.  Food service operations are a separate budget from the district’s general operations.  Like other separate accounts, money from food service cannot be used to fund general fund operations such as salaries or classroom materials.

Tonight in high school basketball the Camden High boys and girls JV’s will go to Lugoff Elgin tipoff is set for 5:30.

Friday night in high school basketball North Central will host McBee tipoff is set for 6:30.

In high school wrestling Friday and Saturday North Central and Camden will compete in the Lugoff Elgin tournament at Lugoff Elgin high school.

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at 6:00 its Sports Talk with Phil Kornblutt.

Friday on Kool 102.7 at 5:45 its high school basketball as the Camden High Bulldogs host the Lugoff Elgin Demons.

 

Tuesday’s meeting of Kershaw County Council marked the last regular meeting for a couple of councilmen. Chairman Gene Wise and Vice-Chairman Stephan Smoak both decided not to seek another term on council. Wise told council and members of the audience that he has enjoyed his four years as chairman and credited county employees with making things run smoothly.  Smoak said he has enjoyed his eight years on council and that Kershaw County’s future is bright.  Council will hold a special meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss the proposed strategic partnership between KershawHealth and MUSC/Capella Healthcare.

Lugoff Fire-Rescue located at 892 Hwy 1 South in Lugoff will be hosting a FREE child safety seat inspection in the rear parking lot Thursday December 11 from 3-5 PM. This is a perfect opportunity for parents to bring their vehicles and children by right after school to get the child seats inspected for safety and correct installations. Certified Child Seat Technicians will be on-site to help parents ensure children are restrained properly in each vehicle.  Lugoff Fire-Rescue is a nationally recognized child safety seat fitting station and crews are available every day for child seat safety inspections.