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The Christmas season officially kicked in Camden Tuesday evening with lighting of the Camden Christmas in front of Camden City Hall.  A large crowd gathered to hear the Camden Community Concert Band and the combined youth choirs of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Camden.  Giving the invocation the Rev. John Hallman of Bethesda Presbyterian Church who said the Christmas season is a special for everyone.

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Camden mayor Tony Scully telling the crowd that Christmas represents a light to the world.

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After the lighting kids were treated to a visit from Santa Claus who rode in  on one of the fire trucks of the Camden fire department.

In high school basketball Tuesday night the Lugoff-Elgin girls defeated the North Central girls 62-29 and the LE boys defeated the North Central boys 65-50.

In JV wrestling Tuesday night LE beat Camden 27-16 and in varsity wrestling LE won 51-30.

The Camden High boys and girls will host Lakewood  this evening. The girls game starts at 6pm and the boys game follows at around 7:30pm.

The Lugoff-Elgin boys and girls basketball teams will be at home tonight to take on Rock Hill.  The girls game starts at 6pm with the boys game following.

The Camden and Lugoff-Elgin wrestlers will be on the road tonight. Camden will wrestle at Darlington at six this evening. Lugoff-Elgin will be at River Bluff.  The JV’s start at 6:30pm and the varsity at pm

The North Central wrestlers will compete in a tri-match with Columbia High and Camden Military Academy at North Central this evening. Matches begin at 6pm.

Kershaw County councilman Willie Mickle, who represented District 1, announced Monday that he is resigning his seat on council. Mickle said his decision was made because of insurance issues. Mickle said that rules that govern Medicare Part B were the reasons for his decision. The issue is related to the application of federal law and how it affects eligibility for Medicare coverage and South Carolina Public Employee Benefit programs.  Julian Burns, chairman of county council thanked Mickle for his years of service as an employee of the Kershaw County School District and as an elected official.  The seat will be filled by a special election that could take place in the spring.

The high school basketball season cranks up locally tonight as the North Central girls and boys host the Lugoff-Elgin boys and girls in Bone Town.  The girls game starts at 6pm and the boys game starts at 7:30pm. You can hear both games on KOOL 102.7 and kool1027.com.  Airtime is 5?45pm.

The Camden boys UV team will travel to Blythewood tonight for a 5:30pm game.

The Camden High boys and girls will host Lakewood Wednesday night. The girls game starts at 6pm and the boys game follows at around 7:30pm.

Tonight the Camden and Lugoff-Elgin JV wrestling teams will meet at Lugoff-Elgin. The match starts at 6pm. The Camden and Lugoff-Elgin varsity wrestlers will also meet tonight at Lugoff-Elgin. Those matches start at 7pm.

The North Central wrestlers will compete in a tri-match with A.C. Flora and Blythewood at A.C. Flora this evening.

On November 28, 2015 a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office traffic enforcement officer arrested John Edward Hannah (28) for driving under the influence after he was stopped for speeding 115mph on Interstate 20 in Kershaw County. This is the second time in 5 months that Hannah has been arrested by the KCSO traffic unit for DUI. The first arrest came in June 2015 when Hannah was clocked travelling at 114 mph, also on I-20. Hannah’s June 2015 arrest is still pending in the court system.

Traffic fatalities in Kershaw County stand now at 19, over half of which are DUI related. Along with a dramatic increase in traffic fatalities statewide, Kershaw County has now shown an increase in highway deaths. DUI enforcement has been and will continue to be a priority for the sheriff’s office traffic unit.

In 2014, I-20 in Kershaw County had 8 traffic fatalities recorded. Based on that data, I-20 enforcement was increased which resulted in only one I-20 fatality so far in Kershaw County for 2015. However, 18 fatalities have been recorded on secondary roads for 2015.  As a result, traffic enforcement focus has been shifted to the secondary roads.

During the weekend of November 28, 2015, the KCSO traffic unit made 12 DUI arrests for impaired driving with alcohol, heroin and marijuana use being contributing factors.  Of those 12 arrests only one was on I-20. The remaining 11 DUI arrests were on secondary roads in Kershaw County.

The following individuals were arrested and charged with DUI, some with corresponding charges:

Marcel Melendez (32)  Cayce, SC

Andrew Gregg McLeod (34)  Camden, SC

Tyreek Najee Russell (20)  Columbia, SC

Kevin Lamont Glee (36)  Camden, SC

Melissa Tonya Nelson (47)  Lugoff, SC

Thomas Russell Graham (43)  Camden, SC

John Edward Hannah (28)  Darlington, SC

Jack Ryan Mattox (23)  Elgin, SC

Brooke Lauren Bradwell (20)  Lugoff, SC

Eric Warren Smith (39)  Lugoff, SC

Angela Worley Emmer (47)  Blythewood, SC

Terrence Paul Reynolds (19)  Elgin, SC

 

“The traffic fatality rate in Kershaw County is unacceptable and will be addressed,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. “If we had experienced 19 homicides, the public would demand immediate action. We will not treat traffic fatalities any differently. The acceptable traffic fatality rate in my family is zero and I suspect it would be that for every family.”

 

As always, each of these individuals is innocent until proven guilty. All were transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where they were given a bond hearing.

 

Family and friends gathered Sunday afternoon in the gym of Camden High to remember Sterling Felder who passed away last week as a result of injuries suffered in a traffic accident that took place November 13th.  Among those who shared their memories of sterling Felder was Camden football coach Jimmy Neal who said that Sterling was one of the players who made Camden High’s football team special.  Neal said the Felder was always proud to wear the gold and black of Camden High and that he was one of the most special players he had coached in the past 18 years. Also speaking was sterling’s second grade teacher Audrey Burroughs, who praised his intelligence and work ethic.  A number of speakers saying that during his life sterling touched many people.

Tonight on KOOL 102.7 at 6pm it’s Panther Talk then at 8:30pm college basketball as Clemson takes on Minnesota.  On Startime 1590 at 6:30 U.S.C. takes on Wester Carolina in college basketball.

The Camden community has many things to offer this holiday season! The City will be kicking off the season with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of City Hall. The public is invited to attend the lighting at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1st. Join us for hot chocolate and holiday music featuring a small ensemble of the Camden Community Concert Band and the combined youth choirs from Bethesda Presbyterian Church. The City’s Street and Electric Dept. crews have been working hard placing decorations throughout Camden in preparation for the festivities. Come help Mayor Tony Scully kick off the holiday season and “throw the switch” at the tree lighting. There will also be a special guest appearance from the man in red and white!
Other holiday season events in the area are listed below. For additional events throughout the month of December, please visit the City’s website (www.cityofcamden.org) and click on the ‘Events’ page.
Visit the Fine Arts Center between December 4th and 16th for the popular Holiday Sales Show. The Show will feature wonderful hand-made items and pieces of artwork from more than 40 artists. For more information visit www.fineartscenter.org.
Explore local homes that will be decorated for the holiday season on December 5th. The Candlelight Tour of Homes is presented by the Camden Junior Welfare League and will feature a variety of private and public sites throughout the historic district. The tour starts at 3:00 p.m. at the Camden Archives and Museum. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time by visiting www.camdenleague.org or at the Archives on the day of the Tour.
The 7th Annual Old McCaskill’s Country Christmas Trunk Show will be held the following day December 6th from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Come visit the Farm in Rembert and share in holiday cheer and enjoy Christmas shopping. For more information visit www.oldmccaskillfarm.com.
On December 12th line the streets of downtown Camden for the Kershaw County Christmas Parade beginning at 10:00 am. View the many floats, horses, fire trucks, beauty queens, classic cars, dancers, music, Santa and much more!