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Due to forecasted extreme cold temperatures and with an abundance of caution, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) schools will open on a two-hour delay for students Thursday, Jan. 8.  Staff will report at their normal time. Three- and four-year-old students in morning classes will not attend. Breakfast will be served.

Although the start of class time is delayed two hours, parents who need to drop off their students at the regular start time may still do so as the employees will be on site to supervise.  Students who ride the bus should report to their bus stops two hours later than usual.

“We want to be considerate of our students who will be out in these extreme cold temperatures waiting for the bus or walking to school,” said KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan.  “We greatly appreciate everyone’s cooperation with this schedule adjustment.”

Kershaw county’s new coroner took the oath of office Tuesday evening in ceremonies at the Kershaw county government center.  Giving the oath circuit judge G. Thomas Cooper.  After David West was sworn in as Kershaw county coroner Tuesday evening Jim Matthews took the oath of office for another term as Kershaw county sheriff.  Matthews was given the oath by judge G. Thomas Cooper.  Afterwards Matthews said he plans to have a good working relationship with the new coroner.

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Thanks to smoke detectors a Lugoff family was able to escape a house fire in Lugoff early this morning. Lugoff fire chief Dennis Ray says the fire occurred at a home on Lander drive in Hunter’s Crossing shortly after midnight.  Ray says two adults and a teenager were able to escape without injury.  According to ray it took about an hour and a half to bring the fire under control.  Ray says that the cause of the fire is under investigation.  Crews from the Pine Grove fire department assisted the Lugoff fire department.

A large present in courtroom of the Kershaw County Courthouse as Debra Branham was sworn in Tuesday afternoon as Kershaw County Probate Judge.  Giving the oath of office Judge Roderick Todd, Kershaw County Chief Magistrate.  In remarks afterwards Branham pledged to carry out her duties with fairness and compassion.

A Kershaw county business is now offering kid safe child I.D.’s.  Kirk Mays of KM Video Productions has added a new service which offers digital child I.D. memory cards in a convenient credit card size for parents.  The digital child I.D. card is a USB device that combines critical identification  and emergency information with today’s technology.  Digital child I.D. card gives parents, police officer and emergency service professionals instant access to critical information simply plugging it into a U.S.B. slot on any computer.  Folks who would like more information should call 803-713-7777.

A Camden woman was killed Wednesday night just the start of the new year.  Kershaw county corner Johnny Fellers says that 56 yera old Maureen Knudson died due to blunt force trauma to the head.  Fellers says that she was a passenger in a vehicle that left the road and went into a field and flipped several times.  The accident took place on HIghway 34 and Antioch Road at 11:55 Wednesday night. The driver of the vehicle was airlifted to a hospital in Charlotte. The accident is under investigation by the Kershaw County Coroner’s Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

A wreck involving two cars Wednesday morning in front of Lugoff-Elgin Middle School.  There were no injuries but traffic was blocked for part of the morning.  According to one of the emergency responders it appears a car pulled out of a subdivision and hit another car.  The accident is under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

South Carolina’s junior U.S. senator Tim Scott was at the Jackson Teen Center in Camden Tuesday to view the successful program for young people in Kershaw county.  Scott, who was elected to a full term in the united states senate this past November, told the young people that even though he came from humble beginnings through hard work he was able to turn around his life and that by having goals they can grow up to be successful adults. Scott also telling the young people at the Jackson Teen Center that they all have the potential to be leaders in life. The Jackson Teen Center is a collaborative project of the Kershaw County School District and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands.