Sunday, May 1, 2016
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A Lugoff man, 52 year old John Alfred Fern, was killed Monday evening when his moped was hit from behind by a truck on highway 34 in Lugoff.  The accident took place shortly after 10:30 Monday evening. According to Kershaw County Coroner David West Fern died of blunt force trauma.  West says that fern’s moped caught on fire after the truck hit it.  West says the accident is under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Kershaw County Coroner’s Office.

The competitive dance program at the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC), operated by Alexis Kelley McDonald of Kelley’s Fine Arts (KFA,) and also know as the KFA Camden Crew, just returned from their last regional competition of the season. It has been a very successful season for the dance team. The competitive team traveled to three different competitions this spring bringing home numerous awards. They competed at Applause Talent in Lexington, SC; Beyond the Stars in Supply, NC; and Dance Troupe Incorporated’s Challenge of Excellence in Savannah, GA. Some of their top honors from these events include The Costume Award, The Entertainment Award, a Fabulous Facials recognition, The Professionalism Award, The Atmosfierce Award, and The Champion of Excellence.

At Beyond the Stars, they took the First Place award in 11 divisions.  From Dance Troupe Inc., they received eight High Gold Excels, 12 Judges Choice Awards and one Judges Choice Elite qualifying all of their routines for the Grand National Finals in July. The team had six members named Premier Dance Performers: Cailin Cokley, Grace Smith, Martha Jones, Rembert Pritchard, Raymie Powell, and Taylin Misenheimer. They also had three of their members named Youth Dance Ambassadors: Molly Creel, Morgan Schoolfield, and Meredith Creel.

KFA’s Camden location is directed by Alexis McDonald and Erin Haynes. You can see these dancers perform at one of the upcoming KFA Recitals, May 19-20 at the Fine Arts Center. If you are interested in joining KFA’s dance program, check out their website or on the FAC’s website at or you may contact the Fine Arts Center directly at 803.425.7676 to register for both summer and fall classes.

On April 21, 2016 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Airflack Leslie Crumpton Jr. (28) from Winnsboro, SC and charged him with criminal sexual conduct with a minor (2nd degree).

“At some point adult men need to realize that it is a serious violation of the law to engage in sexual relations with a minor,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. “Exercising a little self-control on the part of the adult can eliminate a lot of heartache for everyone involved in these situations.”

In January 2016 a mother and daughter filed a report with the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office in which the daughter advised investigators that on October 7, 2015 Crumpton had sex with her at a residence in Lugoff, SC. Investigators learned that Crumpton had been living in a home in Lugoff where the young girl had been residing. Crumpton had reportedly engaged the young female in sexual conversation which resulted in his having sexual relations with her.

The victim had made an entry in her diary in which she detailed the encounter. In January, her sister found the entry, took a picture of it and showed it to their mother. Shortly thereafter, the mother and daughter went to the Sheriff’s Office and advised investigators. A forensic interview of the victim was quickly conducted and several efforts were made to contact Crumpton. A warrant for his arrest was obtained by KCSO investigators charging him with criminal sexual conduct with a minor (2nd degree).

Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department officers were able to locate  Crumpton in Fairfield County and take him into custody on the Kershaw County warrant.

Following his arrest Crumpton provided a statement which corroborated the victim’s complaint. Crumpton was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he remains on a $30,000.00 bond. He has previously been arrested for simple possession of marijuana and public disorderly conduct.


Camden Police this past Saturday morning arrested a woman who was threatening to shot people with an a.r. 15 rifle.  Around two o’clock Saturday morning a woman identified as 38 year old Jennifer Ray Fuhrer of Sumter was brought by ambulance to the KershawHealth hospital in Camden after wrecking her car.  Fuhrer refused medical treatment but refused to leave the hospital.  She then threatened to leave and get her rifle and come back and start shooting people.  She was located on hospital property and transported to the Kershaw County Detention Centre.  She is being charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing.

On April 21, 2016 at approximately 12:45pm, Willie J. Traynham (37) who lives in Myrtle Beach, SC and Angel G. Rosado (21) who lives in Augusta, Georgia were arrested after a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit officer determined that they were travelling at 134 mph and 124 mph respectively on Interstate 20 in Kershaw County.

Willie Traynham

Willie Traynham

“It is pretty apparent to everyone that very few people observe the posted speed limit on our interstates. The speed at which many people travel is frequently excessive, but these two men took excessive speeding to an extremely dangerous and reckless level,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. “While our traffic officers are relatively lenient when it comes to speeding, what they encountered with these two men will always result in a trip to the jailhouse.”

Angel Rosado

Angel Rosado

According to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, a deputy assigned to the KCSO Traffic Unit was monitoring traffic on I-20 when he observed two vehicles, a black Chrysler 300 operated by Traynham and a black Ford Focus operated by Rosado travelling eastbound at an excessively high rate of speed. The deputy was able to determine that the Chrysler 300 was being driven at a speed of 134 mph and the Ford Focus was being operated at a speed of 124 mph.

The deputy was eventually able to get both cars stopped and ultimately issued both men citations for speeding more than 25 mph over the posted speed limit. Both men stated that the reason they were travelling so fast was that they were just trying to get home. A DMV check revealed that Traynham did not have a valid driver’s license and he was cited for that, as well. Traynham advised the deputy that he had just finished attending a school for bail bondsmen and Rosado stated that he was active duty military.

Due to the speed at which they were driving, both men were transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where they posted bond and were later released.

This past Saturday, the region four 3-A championship was on the line as Camden traveled to Chapin.  The Eagles defeated Camden 7-1 to take first place in the region.  The Bulldogs will still be at home in the playoffs.  The take on two seed Emerald Friday night.

Tonight is senior night for the Camden Bulldog baseball team. They host Hartsville at Legion Field. First pitch is set for 6:30pm. You can hear that game on KOOL 102.7 with airtime set for 6:15pm.

The Lugoff-Elgin JV and varsity softball teams will be on the road tonight to take on River Bluff.

The Lugoff-Elgin girls varsity soccer team will travel to Sumter tonight for a 7pm match. The Camden girls B-team and varsity soccer teams are at home to play Andrew Jackson. The North Central girls varsity soccer team travels to the Governor’s School.

The Camden High boys golf team will take on Irmo today at the Camden Country Club.

The Atlanta Braves take on the Boston Red Sox tonight. You can hear that game on Startime 1590. Airtime is 5:55pm.

Stover Middle School social studies teacher Craig Jelks was named 2016 Kershaw County School District Teacher of the Year at a gala Thursday while Camden High English teacher Amy Goodwin was named first alternate.

Amy Goodwin

Amy Goodwin

Also honored during the evening’s celebration was Midway Elementary third grade teacher Lindsey Catoe who received the Outstanding First Year Teacher award. Pine Tree Hill Elementary Principal Melissa Royalty also was recognized as the district’s Principal of the Year.

Lindsey Catoe

Lindsey Catoe

All 20 Kershaw County schools selected teachers of the year earlier this school year. Jelks and Goodwin were two of five honor roll teachers selected as finalists for the district award. Other honor roll teachers were David Caldwell, Lugoff-Elgin High; Jennifer Mills, North Central Middle; and Nicole Gardner, Pine Tree Hill Elementary.

Melissa Royalty

Melissa Royalty

Jelks has been teaching at Stover for two years and previously taught at other schools in the Midlands and Charleston areas.  He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University.  Jelks also studied abroad at Oxford University.

“I never grew up wanting to become a teacher,” said Jelks.  “I wanted to be a lawyer.  But one day I saw a report on the national news stating that there was a need for male teachers. The broadcast explained that students were in desperate need of male role models.  For me, this was a calling.”

Jelks was also previously named Teacher of the Year at Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts School and is a two-time recipient of the district’s Golden Apple Award sponsored by the Kershaw County Teacher Forum.  He is a current participant in the State Department of Education’s Foundations in School Leadership Program.

“Without a doubt, Craig Jelks is a master teacher,” said Stover Middle School Principal Mike Garity.  “His love for learning is contagious; he accepts nothing but the best because he gives his best.”

Amy Goodwin was named the Kershaw County Secondary Distinguished Reading Teacher of the Year in 2015 and has also been selected in the past as a Teacher of the Year for two other schools in the Upstate and Spartanburg School District 6. “I believe that it is essential that students know that I care about them,” she said.  “I want them all to be successful.”

Serving as Pine Tree Hill Elementary’s top administrator since 2013, Royalty was elected as Principal of the Year by her peers.  She was named Kershaw County Reading Principal of the Year by the Kershaw County Reading Council earlier this school year.

Catoe is the eighth KCSD educator to receive the district’s award to honor first year teachers. A third grade teacher at Midway Elementary, she is a member of this year’s induction class. The judges were very impressed with Catoe and said that she has excellent classroom management skills. They said, “Her evidence of planning, adherence to standards and creative activities keep her students involved and on task.”

Other first year teachers who were named as honor roll teachers for the Outstanding First Year Teacher recognition included Amy Way, Camden Elementary; Cora Waterfield, Camden Middle and Emily Branham, Wateree Elementary.


The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Foundation (KCSF) Board of Directors is accepting 2016 nominations for the “Leonard Price Friend of Law Enforcement Award.”  The award was established in 2012 to recognize the support of Kershaw County residents for the Sheriff’s Office. The award was named after the late Mr. Leonard L. Price, a former resident of the North Central area of Kershaw County who invested heavily in supporting law enforcement.

“Public support of law enforcement is more important now than ever,” said Jack Rushing, Chair of the KCSF Board.  “Kershaw County residents have strongly supported the men and women of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office. We want to thank and honor those citizens who have stepped up to help.”

The 2015 award recipient was Paul Napper, executive director of the Alpha Center in Camden.

“Paul Napper has been a fixture in our community in many ways,” said Rajena Miles, Chair of the KCSF.  “He has helped children in need, adults in need, and supported the efforts of law enforcement as officers work to fight crime and keep our citizens safe. ”

Napper was presented the award by two of Leonard Price’s daughters, KCSF Board member Kathy Stitt and her sister Beth Tisdale. Both Stitt and Tisdale live in Kershaw County.

“We are looking for public input for our 2016 honoree,” said Steve Zobel, Vice Chair of the KCSF Board.  “We hope people will take the time to nominate those in our community who strongly support the men and women who serve and protect us.”

To nominate someone for the Leonard Price Friend of Law Enforcement Award please send a one-page typed or written entry explaining:

  • Who the person is;
  • Why the nominee is worthy of winning the award;
  • Your relationship to the nominee; and
  • The nominee’s contact information.

Nominations must be received by Tuesday, May 31st at 5 pm.  Mail or email them to:

Mr. Jack Rushing

Kershaw Co. Sheriff’s Foundation

PO Box 664

Camden, SC 29021


The 2016 Leonard Price Friend of Law Enforcement Award winner will be announced in June.

2004 SC Teacher of the Year Jason Fulmer celebrates with Mandy Harris on the announcement of her receiving the Charles Dickerson Community Service Award.

Jackson School fourth grade teacher and 2015 Kershaw County School District Teacher of the Year Mandy Harris received the Charles Dickerson Community Service Award last evening at the State Teacher of the Year banquet.

The prestigious honor is given annually to a district Teacher of the Year who exemplifies a true spirit of community service and was established for Charles Dickerson, former CEO of The R.L. Bryan Company, who passed away in 2006.

The award is given with a $1,000 prize from Bojangles, half of which Harris can use in her classroom and half to be given to a charity of her choice.

Harris sponsors a Community Service Club at Jackson where students organize a different service project monthly.  In the past, the students have collected and delivered supplies to the local animal shelter, made and delivered cards, crafts and goodie bags to residents of a local assisted-living facility and collected over 500 pairs of socks for the homeless along with over 800 canned food items for the community.

Students in Harris’ class are also required to participate in community service events.

“Thankfully, serving others was instilled in me as a young girl, and, as a result, I am committed to not only serving the people of my community in numerous ways but also leading and teaching others to give back,” Harris said.  “This award is such an honor and a blessing, and I share it with my entire Jackson School family.”

Thursday night in high school softball Lugoff-Elgin defeated Dutch Fork 12-0. In baseball Dutch Fork won over Lugoff-Elgin 9-8.

In high school baseball today the North Central varsity will travel of Central of Pageland. First pitch is set for 6pm. The Camden varsity baseball team will also be on the road tonight.  They play at Chapin at 6:30pm.  You can hear that game on KOOL 102.7 with airtime 6:15pm.

The North Central varsity softball team is on the road tonight. They travel to Central of Pageland for a 7pm start. The Camden varsity and JV softball teams travel to Chapin this evening. The JV game starts at 5:30pm and the varsity will play at 7:30pm.

The Camden High boys JV and varsity soccer team will be on the road tonight to take on Chapin in Chapin. The JV match starts at 5pm and the varsity match starts at 7pm. The Lugoff-Elgin boys JV and varsity soccer team will travel to Dutch Fork tonight. The JV is at 5:30pm and the varsity match is at 7pm.

The Camden girls JV and varsity soccer teams will host Chapin today. The JV match starts at 5:30pm and the varsity match will follow. The Lugoff-Elgin girls varsity and JV soccer teams are at home to face Dutch Fork. The JV match is at 5:30pm and the varsity match is at 7pm.

The North Central girls soccer team is at home today to play Indianland.

The Atlanta Braves will take on the New York Mets tonight.  You can hear that game on Startime 1590 starting at 6:20pm.