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The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) “exceeded the state’s expectations” in data released today by the SC State Department of Education.

“This is outstanding news, and I commend all of our students and staff,” said KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan. “I am very proud of the performance of our schools; they set the bar high for student achievement and continue to meet these extraordinary goals.”

The data released today was part of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) accountability data included in the state’s federal school report card.  The district earned a B—a rating of 86.1 overall—and the third highest score for a Midlands district.  KCSD ranked 19th out of 82 school districts statewide, and its score was seven-tenths of a point higher than the state average of 85.4.

Fifteen of the district’s 18 schools earned an A or B on their ESEA grades, indicating their performance exceeded or substantially exceeded the state’s expectations

Six schools—Baron DeKalb Elementary, Bethune Elementary, Blaney Elementary, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Midway Elementary and Mt. Pisgah Elementary—were named Reward Schools for Performance as one of the state’s highest performing Title I schools for 2013-14.  Mt. Pisgah Elementary was also named a Reward School for Progress, honoring it for being a Title I school that demonstrates the most substantial progress in either the “all students” group or in identified subgroups from one school year to the next.

Eight schools—Baron DeKalb Elementary, Camden Elementary, Camden High, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Lugofff-Elgin Middle, Mt. Pisgah Elementary, North Central High and Pine Tree Hill Elementary increased their ESEA scores from 2013.

Camden High School’s 22-point gain was the 6th highest increase of any Midlands school and advanced the school’s letter grade two levels. Mt. Pisgah Elementary, Pine Tree Hill Elementary and North Central High each increased a letter grade.

Four schools—Baron DeKalb Elementary, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Lugoff Elementary and Wateree Elementary—maintained their A grades from last school year. Other KCSD schools earning an A were Mt. Pisgah Elementary and North Central High.  Only 44 schools in the Midlands earned an A.

Baron DeKalb Elementary’s score of 98.8 was the fifth highest score of any Midlands area school.  Mt. Pisgah Elementary was only one-tenth of a point lower with a score of 98.7.

Four schools—Blaney Elementary, Camden Elementary, Camden Middle and Lugoff-Elgin Middle—maintained their B grades from last school year. Other KCSD schools earning a B were Bethune Elementary, Camden High, Midway Elementary, Lugoff-Elgin High and Pine Tree Hill Elementary.  Only 53 schools in the Midlands earned a B.

Jackson, North Central Middle and Stover Middle earned a C which indicates that the school’s performance meets the state’s expectations.  No KCSD school scored below a C.

Morgan said that KCSD’s positive marks on the federal accountability data follow recent good news with scores released for SAT, ACT and End-of-Course tests.  “We continue to show strong academic performance,’ he said.  “We have a lot to be proud of, but we will continue to strive for even greater results.”

This year’s report cards are based on how elementary- and middle-school students performed on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards, and how high-school students performed on exit exam and end-of-course tests last spring.

Later this fall, the state will issue another report card to schools not tied to federal reporting.

Emergency crews from Lugoff Fire-Rescue were dispatched by Kershaw County E9-1-1 to respond to a commercial vehicle overturned with entrapment on SC 34 just west of Richardson Blvd. Tuesday morning around 4 AM. Lugoff crews arrived on the scene to find an overturned tractor-trailer CMV carrying cages of live turkeys scattered throughout the roadway. Lugoff crews began to stabilize the truck and extricate the driver who was trapped inside the cab. Other Lugoff crews landed the Life-Net medical helicopter which transported the driver to Palmetto-Richland Hospital after extrication and treatment by Kershaw Health EMS. The tractor-trailer was the only vehicle involved in the crash and the cause of the crash is under investigation by the SC Highway Patrol. Prestage Farms was transporting the turkeys from Cassatt, SC to Newberry, SC using the JB Hunt Trucking Company for the transport. Fire-Rescue crews left the scene after 8 AM. Prestage Farms quickly dispatched a clean-up crew to the scene to remove the debris as well as a wrecker service to tow away the vehicles. The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department detoured traffic on SC 34 at Richardson Blvd. as well as Kellytown Road during the incident as the roadway had to be shut down. Lugoff Engine 10, Service 10, Battalion 1, and Engine 9 responded to the incident.

“This was a very serious crash involving a loaded commercial vehicle with an extended and difficult extrication for our crews as well as a very traumatic crash for the driver involved. We wish the driver all the best in his medical treatments. Our crews and other public safety agencies did an outstanding job handing this incident, especially with numerous live animals involved. I also applaud Prestage Farms for a very well-organized response by its crews to quickly contain and clean-up this difficult incident” Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis Ray stated.

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Wednesday in Middle School football the Camden Middle School War Eagles host Stover at Zemp Stadium. You can listen to all the action starting at 5:45.

Friday night in high school football North Central will host the Cheraw Braves kickoff is set for 7:30.

Friday night on Kool 102.7 at 7:00 its high school football as Lugoff Elgin host Ridge Veiw and on Startime 1590 at 7:00 the Camden High Bulldogs will host Richland Northeast.

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at 6:00 its sports talk with phil Kornblutt.

The Kershaw County School District is cooperating fully with the South Carolina High School League and the Camden Police Department to determine what lead to an after game brawl last Friday night after Camden High defeated Dreher High.  That’s the word from Dr. Frank Morgan, Kershaw County school superintendent.  Monday morning Dan Matthews, principal of Camden High and Jimmy Neal, head football coach of Camden High delivered video of the fight that broke out after the Camden/Dreher game to the South Carolina High School League in Columbia.  Camden police chief Joe Floyd says that the Camden Police Department is also reviewing the video and narrowing the focus of their investigation to a limited number of individuals.

This past Saturday there was a classic car show sponsored by the Midlands Cruisers Car Club, Reynolds Insurance of Lugoff and American Collectors Insurance. Cars from the 40′s 50′s, 60′s and beyond were displayed along with music and vendors including Big Al’s Pig Pickin in Camden. There were numerous awards given away and here were the results. Best Chrysler went to Jeff Gainey of Lugoff for his 1970 Dodge Dart. Wade watts of Elgin won for best GM with a 1957 Chevy convertible. Harold Outten of Elgin won for best ford with a 1940 mercury and best overall car went to Paul Jolin of Elgin for his 1950 four door Mercury M74.

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This past Friday night in high school football Spring Valley knocked off Lugoff Elgin 40-14, Indian Land defeated North Central 20-6 while Camden upset Dreher 39-30. Other Midlands scores from this past Friday night Cheraw 57 Andrew Jackson 0, Columbia 68 Eau Claire 6, Dutch Fork 56 Blythewood 14, Fairfield Central 42 Pelion 7, Hartsville 42 Manning 6, McBee 60 Great Falls 7, Richland Northeast 17 A.C. Flora 14, Sumter 17 West Florence 7, Westwood 49 Ridge View 18 and White Knoll 13 North Augusta 10.

Wednesday in Middle School football the Camden Middle School War Eagles host Stover at Zemp Stadium. You can listen to all the action starting at 5:45.

Friday night in high school football North Central will host the Cheraw Braves kickoff is set for 7:30.

Friday night on Kool 102.7 at 7:00 its high school football as Lugoff Elgin host Ridge Veiw .

 

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This past Saturday in College football the Clemson Tigers held off a late charge from Boston College to take a 17-13 win. Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt was 29 of 45 for 285 yards while CJ Davidson and Wayne Gallman both had a rushing touchdown. The Tigers are back in action Saturday against Syracuse. The South Carolina Gamecocks were back in action coming off a bye week as they defeated Furman 41-10.  Gamecock quarterback Dylan Thompson was 14 of 22 for 262 yards and two touchdowns. The day belonged to the Gamecock running backs Mike Davis who had 18 carries for 111 yards and two touchdowns, David Williams ran the ball 11 times for 110 yards and Shon Carson carried the ball 7 times for 85 yards and a touchdown. The Gamecocks are back in action Saturday as they Travel to Auburn.

 

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In NFL action this past Sunday the Carolina Panthers fell to the Green Bay Packers 38-17. Panther quarterback Cam Newton throw for 205 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

 

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In high school volleyball action tonight Lugoff Elgin will host Spring Valley at 7:00 to wrap up their regular season.

Congratulation to North Central girl’s volleyball team for finishing the regular season undefeated and the Camden high lady bulldogs for winning the region the championship. All three high school teams will start playoffs action later this week.

 

Good Morning Camden High School Family. This is Dan Matthews, principal
of Camden High School. I would like to take a moment to inform you about an
incident which occurred last night at the end of the Camden-Dreher Football
game. As many of you are already aware, as the players were shaking hands at
the end of the game, a altercation broke out between some of the Dreher and Camden players. The coaching staffs of both schools
and law enforcement intervened as quickly as they could to minimize the
incident. This is not our way. It is unacceptable on every level and will be
dealt with swiftly and justly. We do have a video of the incident and it will
be shared with the SC High School League and has already been shared with law
enforcement. Any person who took a swing with a fist or a helmet with be
punished according to SCHSL rules, KCSD policy, and if need be, by law
enforcement. We are cooperating with them in every way possible and they with
us. As I said before, this is not the way CHS operates. It is our responsibility
to bring pride and honor to our community. As rumors are of course rampant, I
would ask that you reserve judgment until all the facts are clear. One fact
however is clear, we will not tolerate this behavior. On Monday morning, we
will begin again striving to be the best High School in SC by our work, our
attitudes, and our actions. Work starts Monday. Thank you for your support and
for all you do to help our children be successful. Have a great rest of the
weekend.

The conclusion of Friday evening’s game between the Camden High Bulldogs and the Dreher Blue Devils saw a fight break on the field between the two teams. The fight broke out during the ceremonial handshake between after the game.  Dr. Frank Morgan, Kershaw County School superintendent says that the fight had to be broken up by coaches, administrators and Camden police officers.  Morgan says that Camden High principal Dan Matthews sustained a small cut and that his glasses were broken.  Morgan says that a video recording of the fight is under review by the Camden police and will be sent to the South Carolina high school league for review.  Morgan says the incident is still under investigation.  Camden high won Friday night’s game by a score of 39 to 30. 

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Foundation (KCSF) Board of Directors will have open seats in 2015 and the public is invited to apply if interested in serving on the KCSF board.

The KCSF is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization established to support the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.  Board members meet quarterly and work on foundation projects throughout the year.

“The Sheriff’s Foundation is only four years old, but we’ve already raised more than more than $70,000 for law enforcement,” said Rajena Miles, Chair of the KCSF Board.  “With the help of citizens across our county we’ve outfitted every deputy with a bullet-proof vest, purchased video cameras for patrol cars, and this year we will provide a free, annual physical to every sworn officer.  That is a tremendous team effort.”

KCSF board members are not required to have served in law enforcement to be on the board.  Board members just need to have a heart for supporting the men and women who work to protect the public. Board members serve a two-year term.

Please mail or email Chairman Rajena Miles if you are interested in serving.  Please include:

  • Your name;
  • Your mailing address, phone      number and email address if available; and
  • A brief explanation of why      you would like to serve.

Applications must be received by Monday, Nov. 10th at 5 pm.  Mail or email them to:

Rajena Miles

Kershaw Co. Sheriff’s Foundation

PO Box 664

Camden, SC 29020

Kershaw911@gmail.com