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Kershaw County School District (KCSD) 2014 seniors’ average composite score on the ACT college entrance exam increased 0.5 points, reaching an all-time district high while outperforming the state average for the second straight year at the same time that the number of local test takers increased.

KCSD students’ average composite score jumped from 20.3 to 20.8, which was 0.4 points higher than the statewide average, which remained at 20.4.  The national average composite increased 0.1 points to 21.0.

According to ACT officials, districts and schools that have a 0.3 point increase or greater show statistically significant improvement.   The SC State Department of Education highlighted KCSD as one of 32 SC school districts that increased its average composite score with this high achievement gain.

North Central High and Camden High were among 94 state schools with statistically significant increases of 2.2 points and 1.1 points respectively while Lugoff-Elgin High maintained its average composite average of 20.9.

“This is outstanding news,” said KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan.   “Our students continue to outperform many of their counterparts in our neighboring districts.  I continue to give credit to them and their families as well as our exemplary teachers and staff.”

Morgan said that the district’s average ranks it third highest among Midlands area school districts and 11th best out of 85 SC school districts.

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. The test includes 215 multiple-choice questions with a 36 as the highest possible score.

“We saw more than a 13 percent jump in the number of our students taking the ACT this year,” Morgan said. “An increase in the number of students taking a test typically decreases your average score so we were pleased to see otherwise with our students.  With the ACT being a more content-based test, some students do much better on it than the SAT, and it is now accepted by all SC colleges and universities.”

Kershaw County seniors’ scores improved in all four areas with the biggest gains in the reading subtest where the score rose from the 2013 average of 20.6 to 21.4 in 2014. In English, the score rose from 19.5 to 20.1 and while the science average jumped from 20.2 to 20.8.  The math average score increased from 20.3 to 20.4.

Camden High’s average composite score matched the national average at 21.0 while Lugoff-Elgin High’s remained at 20.9.  North Central High’s average composite score was 19.8.  All three schools increased their number of test takers.

The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the Jim & Pat Watts Performing Arts Wing and Shull Pavilion at the FAC. Donors, friends, participants and volunteers are invited to gather as the Center reviews its accomplishments in 2013-2014 and announces its plans for an exciting 2014-2015 season—the FAC’s 40th year.

The FAC staff and Board of Directors will host the annual meeting celebration and guests will be able to gather for a social hour to enjoy delicious hors d’ouevres by Catery on Broad.

A brief business meeting and the election of new members will take place after the social hour. The FAC will present the Ben Bostick Award for Vision, the Harriet Phelps Service Award, and the Volunteer of the Year award following the business meeting and election.  There is no charge for the annual meeting and the public is welcome to attend.

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In Major League baseball last night the Atlanta Braves five game winning streak came to an end as the Pittsburgh Pirates knock off the Braves 3-2. The Braves now trail the Washington Nationals by 7 games in the division.

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at 5:55 its Major League baseball as the Atlanta Braves start a four game series with the Cincinnati Reds.

 

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Friday Night in high school football the North Central Knights will start the 2014 season at home against C.A. Johnson kickoff is set for 7:30.

 

Lugoff-Elgin Demons

 

 

 

 

Camden Bulldogs

 

 

 

 

Friday night on Kool 102.7 at 7:00 it’s high school football as the Lugoff Elgin Demons kickoff off the 2014 season at home as they host the Camden High Bulldogs in the Mid Carolina Credit Union Kickoff Classic. Don’t forget following the Camden and Lugoff Elgin football game on Kool 102.7 it’s the High school football scoreboard show as we recap all the high school football scores.

 

On August 18, 2014 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Brent Allen Richardson (22) who lives on Oak Ridge Church Rd. Kershaw, SC and charged him with Burglary (2nd degree) after he broke into a home in Kershaw.

On the afternoon of August 18, 2014 a mother of two small children returned home after school. The mother went into her home with the small children and took them upstairs to watch television. When she got upstairs she noticed a plastic bag on the floor with a make shift ski mask lying on top of it. She had not noticed any signs of forced entry, but quickly gathered her children and called her husband. He advised her to leave the residence immediately and as she did, she encountered Richardson on the front porch of her home. Richardson told the homeowner that he was looking for his lost dog and departed.

The female homeowner left the residence with her children and drove down her lengthy driveway to await her husband’s arrival. The husband contacted a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Deputy who along with other deputies responded to the residence. Along with the deputies, the KCSO bloodhound tracking team was dispatched to their location. Bloodhounds eventually lead deputies to Richardson who was ultimately arrested.

Deputies were able to determine that when the female homeowner and her children initially entered the residence, Richardson was inside hiding in one of the upstairs children’s bedroom. He had locked the door and jumped out of the second story window to flee. After he fled and the female homeowner departed, Richardson re-entered the home to gather the items he had bagged up to steal.  It was evident to the deputies that he was under the influence of something. He later admitted to being high on Xanax.

“The scenario which unfolded here is very alarming. A mother and her two little kids enter their home with no knowledge that an intruder is hiding inside. Fortunately, this intruder fled after jumping out of the two story window. Thankfully neither she nor her children were physically harmed, but the children are aware that this guy was hiding in their bedroom and are afraid,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

Richardson was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he remains after being unable to post a $30,000.00 bond. He reportedly just completed probation for a previous burglary and grand larceny arrest.

Brent Allen Richardson

The Kershaw County School District is the only school district in the state to be selected for a University of South Carolina (USC) project to study student learning, well-being and general health.

“This is another example of a collaborative effort that will provide more services for our students,” said Executive Director for Instructional Support Alisa Goodman.  “In addition to helping identify students who would benefit from additional counseling support and other resources, we will receive a wealth of data to assist us in serving our students.”

USC Project to Learn About Youth Director Kate Flory explained that the project will be conducted in two phases.  “The first stage will involve asking teachers to complete a short questionnaire about student behaviors in the classroom,” Flory said.  “Later in the school year, 600 families will be invited to participate in the second stage where we will collect more detailed information.”

The school district piloted the project at three schools last year and received positive responses to the study.

USC will be mailing letters about the study to the homes of all KCSD students this week.  Flory said that persons with questions should feel free to contact her at 803-978-7531.

As part of its ongoing support for STEM education, AT&T recently made a $5,000 donation to ATEC for its Project Lead The Way program. ATEC will use this money for supplies and consumables for its Biomedical program that serves students from across Kershaw County.

The donation is an example of the collaborative partnerships that businesses are making to support Kershaw County School District schools and students.  Helping to support those partnerships is the Kershaw County legislative delegation that promotes a business-friendly environment.  As such, Rep. Laurie Funderburk and Sen. Thomas McElveen were present at Tuesday’s school board meeting to receive proclamations naming the delegation as Distinguished Advocates for Education.  Other members of the Kershaw County delegation include Sen. Vincent Sheheen, Sen. Joel Lourie, Rep. Jimmy Bailes, Rep. Grady Brown and Rep. Jay Lucas.

Pictured
(l to r): Kershaw County School Board Chairperson Mara Jones, Funderburk,
AT&T Regional Director of External Affairs Ike Byrd, McElveen holding his
daughter Adelaide, ATEC Director Chet Horton and Kershaw County School Board
member Nissary Wood.

AT&T proclamation

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In Major League baseball last night the Atlanta Braves below out the Pittsburgh Pirates by scoring 11 runs off  of 14 hits including homeruns by Justin Upton and Evan Gattis as they cruise to a 11-3 win. The Braves have now won six games in a row as they try and keep pace with the division leading Washington Nationals.

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at 5:50 its Major League baseball as the Atlanta Braves go for the sweep against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

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Friday Night in high school football the North Central Knights will start the 2014 season at home against C.A. Johnson kickoff is set for 7:30.

 

Camden Bulldogs

 

 

 

Lugoff-Elgin Demons

 

 

 

Friday night on Kool 102.7 at 7:00 it’s high school football as the Lugoff Elgin Demons kickoff off the 2014 season at home as they host the Camden High Bulldogs in the Mid Carolina Credit Union Kickoff Classic.

Traffic at Exit 92 of I-20 was blacked for part of Tuesday afternoon after a trucker lost control and ended up in a wooded area coming off of I-20 eastbound in Kershaw County.  The driver of the truck was uninjured.  Crews from the Lugoff Fire Department and the South Carolina Highway Patrol were on the scene.  The accident took place shortly before two Tuesday afternoon.

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In Major League baseball last night the Atlanta Braves used 15 hits including homeruns by Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 and push their winning streak to five games.

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at 5:50 its Major League baseball as the Atlanta Braves play game two of a three game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

 

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Friday Night in high school football the North Central Knights will start the 2014 season at home against C.A. Johnson kickoff is set for 7:30.

 

Lugoff-Elgin Demons

Camden Bulldogs

 

 

Friday night on Kool 102.7 at 7:00 it’s high school football as the Lugoff Elgin Demons kickoff off the 2014 season as home as they host the Camden High Bulldogs in the Mid Carolina Credit Union Kickoff Classic.

 

Following a six-month evaluation of how it currently deploys Emergency Medical Services (EMS), KershawHealth has announced a new plan to more effectively and efficiently provide these vital services to the citizens of Kershaw County. The analysis and resulting plan were developed in conjunction with the EMS Performance Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, a well-recognized resource for optimizing EMS programs.

The evaluation included analysis of responses to 911 calls based on a wide range of factors: location of calls, population density, time of day, type of call, volume of calls, station locations, and response times. According to Danny Wharton, KershawHealth Director of Emergency Services, “The analysis provided the data necessary to make well-informed decisions about the best way to provide this service. For example, the data showed that nearly 65% of EMS volume occurs between 10 AM and 10 PM. The data also highlighted some EMS station locations are currently too close to the Chesterfield and Richland county lines, rather than being more centrally located within Kershaw County.”

A critical element of the new plan is adjustments to Advanced Life Support (ALS) unit locations in order to maximize 12 minute response time, which is the national best-practice standard. The new configuration includes the following:

  • The 24-hour ALS unit currently located at the KershawHealth Medical Center will be moved to a facility at the Kershaw County Airport for immediate access to US 1 both north and south.
  • The 24-hour ALS unit and facility in Lugoff will be moved to the Fire Station at Whitehead Road, near the Kershaw County Recreation Department West Complex.
  • The 24-hour ALS unit and facility in Bethune will be moved to a new facility at the North Central/Westville Fire Station on the corner of Lockhart Road and Keys Lane to be more centrally located between Bethune and Mt. Pisgah.
  • The 24-hour Elgin unit and facility will transition to a peak demand 12-hour roaming ALS unit.
  • The Lake Wateree ALS unit service will be expanded to 7 days a week, 12 hours per day.
  • The US 521 ALS unit and facility will remain the same.

KershawHealth CEO Terry Gunn noted, “Not only does this new plan make EMS more responsive to the needs of Kershaw County, it will do so in a much more efficient way. We estimate savings of approximately $320,000 annually, which helps us get closer to eliminating the nearly $900,000 deficit we incur each year to fund EMS.”

Another critical part of the plan is the transfer of non-emergency medical transport services to the private sector. According to Gunn, “Very importantly, this deployment plan enables us to focus on the core EMS mission of responding to 911 calls. That single-minded focus will ultimately result in even greater patient safety.”

The new EMS deployment plan will go into effect fully by the end of August.