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On November 30, 2014 at approximately 1:30am, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested William James English (43) who lives on Dinkins Rd. in Lugoff, SC following a pursuit. English was charged with DUI (5th offense), habitual offender, DUS (1st), providing false information to police, open container violation, leaving the scene of accident and failure to stop for a blue light.

During the early morning hours of November 30, 2014, a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office traffic officer was patrolling on US1 in Lugoff when he observed a dark colored Ford Expedition cross over the center line of the highway. Suspecting that the driver was impaired, the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, William James English, fled from the officer and drove through several neighborhoods in his attempt to escape. During the pursuit, in which speeds did not exceed 55 mph, English struck several mailboxes and drove through the yards of several residences before he lost control and crashed down an embankment.

Deputies apprehended English who suffered minor injuries from the accident. He was treated at the scene by Kershaw County EMS and released to deputies. He was released from the Kershaw County Detention Center on bonds totaling $54,622.50.

English has been in trouble with the law since 1990 and has previous arrests for assault and battery, possession of beer by a minor, distribution of crack cocaine, assault and battery with intent to kill (multiple counts), failure to stop for a blue light (multiple counts), resisting arrest with a deadly weapon, open container, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature (multiple counts), resisting arrest with assault on officer, criminal domestic violence (multiple counts), criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, trespassing, arson, grand larceny, littering, possession of cocaine, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, DUS (multiple counts) and DUI (multiple counts).

“Mr. English’s criminal record speaks for itself. He is a menace to our community and needs to be off the streets. Unfortunately he has already been released on bond. Although the speeds involved in this pursuit were relatively low, Mr. English drove with total disregard for the safety of the public. I commend the deputy involved in this pursuit for the excellent way in which he handled this situation, “said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

The Kershaw County School District will have a half day for students on Dec. 19, the last day of student attendance before the holiday break. Staff will work a regular schedule. Students in 3-and 4-year-old developmentally delayed and 4-year-old kindergarten classes will not attend.

School breakfasts and lunches will be served to students. The hours of operation for afterschool programs will vary from school to school. Please check with your child’s school if you need further information.

Dismissal times on Dec. 19 will vary from school to school due to bus routing. Dismissal times for individual schools are as follows:

ATEC – 11 a.m.
Baron DeKalb Elementary – 11 a.m.
Bethune Elementary – 11 a.m.
Blaney Elementary – 11 a.m.
Camden Elementary – 11 a.m.
Camden High – 11:20 a.m.
Camden Middle – 11:15 a.m.
Continuous Learning Center
– 11 a.m. (North Central area pick up),
– 11:15 a.m. (Lugoff area pick up) and
– 11:30 a.m. (Camden area pick up)
Doby’s Mill Elementary – 11 a.m.
Jackson School – 11 a.m.
Leslie M. Stover Middle – 11:15 a.m.
Lugoff Elementary – 11 a.m.
Lugoff-Elgin High – 11:30 a.m.
Lugoff-Elgin Middle – 11:15 a.m.
Midway Elementary – 11 a.m.
Mt. Pisgah Elementary – 11 a.m.
North Central High – 11:30 a.m.
North Central Middle – 11:15 a.m.
Pine Tree Hill Elementary – 11 a.m.
Wateree Elementary – 11 a.m.

Students and employees return to school Monday, January 5.

The Camden High School newspaper, THE PALMETTO LEAF,  has received the following recognition from a national school newspaper.  The November edition of Palmetto Leaf has been selected to be featured on our website at as one of our Deserving Design publications! 

Front Row L to R: Cooper Ellis, Makaila Allen, Jayla Outen, Kennedi Stokes

Middle Row L to R: Roni Alexander, Kiera Alexander, Brittny Cain, Shatia Chisholm, Megan Cash, Henry Kerfoot

Back Row L to R: Andrew Roger, Eric Mathis, Holly Halsall, Aaron Murphy, William Perry (not pictured Cailynn Stephens)


The identities of the two people killed Friday evening on I-20 in Kershaw County have been released.  According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol the victims were 28 year old Tiffany Bethea of Marlboro County, and 21 Jamie Fludd of Marlboro County.  Both were killed Friday evening when their vehicle left the road, hit a guard rail and then was hit by another car. According to the highway patrol no charges will be filed in the accident.

Two people were killed Friday evening in a crash that took place on I-20 east in Kershaw County.  The crash place around 7:20 Friday evening.  According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol the driver and a passenger were killed when their car left the road, hit a guardrail and then was hit by another vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle was transported to the hospital. The crash involved a 1999 Saturn and a 1994 Honda.  The accident took place on I-20 near the Lugoff/Camden exit. Everyone was reported to be wearing seat belts.  The accident is under investigation by the highway patrol and the coroner’s office.

The motto at Lugoff Elgin Middle School is “Understanding hearts and positive attitudes make a GREAT school,” and this week, the Leopards at LEMS put their motto into action.  Since “Miss Pearl,” their former custodian, lost her house and all its contents to a fire, the students decided that the Thanksgiving season was the perfect time to show Miss Pearl their gratitude.

Lead by the Beta Club, the student body participated in a “Compassionate Competition” by bringing food items, all donated to Miss Pearl, in support of either Carolina or Clemson.  Tables decorated in garnet and black and orange and purple were set up in the rotunda of the school so all food items could be displayed.  After a fierce, yet compassionate fight, Carolina proved to be the most compassionate.

Members of the Lugoff Elementary School Student Council along with the Relay for Life committee conducted a canned food drive during the month of November to benefit Food for the Soul.  Over 1,100 cans were collected.  Thanks, LES!  Pictured are the members of the LES Student Council along with their faculty sponsor, Cindy Grant.

KershawHealth trustees Monday evening heard that recent changes in the emergency room at the KershawHealth hospital have resulted in a reduction in wait times for patients and increased efficiency in the emergency department.  Interim C.E.O. Terry Gunn said that the express care program which started in September in the KershawHealth emergency room has reduced waiting times, in some cases by half.  Gunn said that physicians and staff in the E.R.  have done a great job of  streamlining the process and have made dramatic improvements.  Gunn said KershawHealth will continue to work at improving the efficiency of the emergency room at KershawHealth.