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Associated Charities of Kershaw County recently made a donation of $5,000 to the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) in memory of Jean Rowland to continue its School Arts and Outreach Programs.  Jean Rowland, a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, educator, and supporter of the arts, was a long time member of the Board of Associated Charities.  She was also a patron of the arts and made it possible for many students to attend performances at the Fine Arts Center. “We are very grateful for this gift from Associated Charities in Jean Rowland’s memory”, said FAC Board President Linda Shaylor. “Mrs. Rowland was an exceptional lady and will be missed by this community.”

Associated Charities of Kershaw County was formed when the Mayfield Children’s Home was closed and the house sold. The advisory board which consisted of community leaders invested the money from the house sale. Over time that investment has grown, and each year the charity uses the interest from that investment to help children in Kershaw County, according to Carolyn Willens, Chairman of the Board, from individual needs or emergencies to funding programs for groups such as Boys and Girls Club, The Fine Arts Center, The Family Resource Center, The Mentoring Program sponsored by United Way, and summer programs for children.

The FAC is a local, non-profit organization whose mission is to create an environment that promotes artistic and cultural experiences and provides superior educational, instructional and entertainment opportunities that elevate and enrich the community for all residents of Kershaw County and beyond.

 

The FAC, founded in 1974, intentionally established the tradition of outreach to the under-served and the at-risk child. Scholarships are available in all arts areas, and no deserving child is ever turned away from FAC programs for financial reasons. The FAC offers classes, opportunities to be on stage and school arts and outreach programs that reach all of our schools as well as HeadStart and First Steps students.  The School Arts and Outreach programs provide artists-in–residence in all schools as well as arts performances both at the Fine Arts Center Wood Auditorium and in the schools. Last year over 5,500 students were served with the residencies and performances.

During the meeting earlier this week of Kershaw County Council, councilman C.R. Miles, Jr., of Elgin, who represents district three on council, announced that he will not seek another term on council when he completes his term at the end of the year.  Miles said he was making the announcement now to give interested persons time to decide whether or not to run for seat three on county council. This is Mile’s second term on council.

The Individual State Wrestling Tournament will take place this weekend in Anderson.  Lugoff-Elgin and North Central will send wrestlers for a chance to be crowned champion. From Lugoff-Elgin the list includes Devin Wilson, Taylor Catoe, Nick Payne and Seth Ham. From North Central wrestlers include Michael Boone, Ricky Hinson, Brailyn Woods and Deaunte Samuel.

The Lugoff-Elgin girls varsity soccer team will kick off their season Friday when they host Hartsville. The match will start at 7:30pm Friday evening.

Tonight on KOOL 102.7 from 6pm to 8pm its Sportstalk with Phil Kornblut.

Tonight on Startime 1590 from 7pm-8pm its Carolina Calls with Carolina head basketball coach Frank Martin.

On February 23, 2016 the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office arrested Cameron Mose Oreglia (18) who lives on Charm Hill Rd. Lugoff, SC and charged him with threatening the life of a public official, teacher or principal.

“In today’s climate where school shootings have become far too common, law enforcement can take no chances when a threat of this type is made,” said Sheriff Jim Matthews. “We cannot take the chance that a threat of this nature is merely a childish prank and we will deal seriously with whoever makes them. This is a felony charge and students everywhere who might entertain the idea of threatening the life of a school official or student will be facing some serious consequences.”

According to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, a parent who monitors their child’s social media account, discovered a message sent by Oreglia in which he threatened the life of one of his teachers. This information was passed to school officials at the Lugoff-Elgin High School where Oreglia was a student and then passed on to the KCSO School Resource Officer.

Deputies were immediately dispatched to the school and efforts were put in place to locate Oreglia. School officials at both the Lugoff-Elgin High School and Middle School were alerted to the situation. KCSO deputies and investigators continued their search for Oreglia and were able to locate him near his residence on Charm Hill Rd. Subsequent to his arrest Oreglia gave a statement to a KCSO investigator in which he admitted to posting the threat.

He was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he remains awaiting a bond hearing. Oreglia has no criminal history.

Ten Kershaw County schools were recognized this week by the State Department of Education for academic achievement and closing achievement gaps in 2015.

“The Palmetto Gold and Silver awards honor the top performing schools in our state,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan.  “I greatly appreciate the extraordinary efforts of our staff, students and families to earn recognition at this level.”

The state awards program recognizes schools with high levels of absolute performance, high rates of growth and substantial progress in closing achievement gaps between groups of students.  The program includes two parts—recognition for general school performance as well as progress in closing achievement gaps between groups of students.

Schools received general awards for overall performance based on both the absolute and growth ratings and the growth index found on school report cards. Nine schools—ATEC, Baron DeKalb Elementary, Camden Elementary, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Lugoff Elementary, Lugoff-Elgin Middle, Mt. Pisgah Elementary, North Central High and Wateree Elementary—received Gold Awards in the general performance category.  Leslie M. Stover Middle received a Silver Award for general performance.

For the second award category, schools received recognition for closing the achievement gap based on academic gains made by students who fall into four subgroups—African-American students, Hispanic students, students participating in federal free or reduced-price lunch programs and students with non-speech disabilities.

Camden Elementary, Lugoff Elementary, Mt. Pisgah Elementary and Leslie M. Stover Middle received Silver Awards for closing the achievement gap.

“This is another indication that our schools are working hard and earning outstanding results,” Morgan said.  “This is great news. I am very pleased.”

Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville, SC and KershawHealth in Camden, SC, sister hospitals in the Capella/MUSC Health Network, are pleased to announce that Catherine (Casey) Spotts has been named Physician Practice Administrator.

An innovative healthcare leader, Spotts will direct operations and financial management for the employed physician practices at both hospitals, including physician practice evaluation and acquisition, facility planning and renovation, physician practice integration and alignment, quality initiatives, customer service and staff/practice development.

Prior to joining Carolina Pines and KershawHealth, Spotts served for 16 years at Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia. As Vice President of Physician Network Operations, she led a large, multispecialty physician network of 235 physicians and 60 midlevel providers in 67 locations with over 1400 employees. She also managed the operations and financials of this broad specialty and primary care network.

A graduate of Columbia College, Spotts earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business. Her professional affiliations include the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). She served as SC President, Lexington Chapter Governor, Conference Chair and Tri-State Conference Leader and was a recipient of the Governor’s Award of Excellence from the SC Chapter.

Chief among her community and church activities include serving as Executive Director of the Mission of Hope Medmission.

The Individual State Wrestling Tournament will take place this weekend in Anderson.  Lugoff-Elgin and North Central will send wrestlers for a chance to be crowned champion. From Lugoff-Elgin the list includes Devin Wilson, Taylor Catoe, Nick Payne and Seth Ham. From North Central wrestlers include Michael Boone, Ricky Hinson, Brailyn Woods and Deaunte Samuel.

The Camden boys varsity and JV soccer teams will scrimmage Ridge View at Ridge View today at 5:30pm.

The Lugoff-Elgin varsity baseball team will have their final pre-season scrimmage today when they travel to take on Fort Mill.  First pitch set for 5:30pm.

In college basketball tonight the U.S.C. Gamecocks take on Tennessee.  You can hear the game on Startime 1590.  Airtime is 8:30pm.

Tonight on KOOL 102.7 from 7pm to 8pm its Tiger Calls with Clemson basketball coach Brad Brownell.

The North/South all star football coaches were announced this past weekend.  Camden High head football coach Jimmy Neal will lead the North squad on December 10th at Doug Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach.  Leading the South squad will be Irmo High head coach Reggie Kennedy.

The Individual State Wrestling Tournament will take place this weekend in Anderson.  Lugoff-Elgin and North Central will send wrestlers for a chance to be crowned champion. From Lugoff-Elgin the list includes Devin Wilson, Taylor Catoe, Nick Payne and Seth Ham. From North Central wrestlers include Michael Boone, Ricky Hinson, Brailyn Woods and Deaunte Samuel.

In high school baseball today the Camden High varsity team will scrimmage Sumter in Sumter.  First pitch set for 5:30pm.  The Camden High UV baseball team will scrimmage Hartsville today in Hartsville.  The scrimmage will start at 5pm.

The Lugoff-Elgin girls soccer team will travel to Richland Northeast today for a scrimmage.  The scrimmage starts at 6pm.

The Camden boys varsity and JV soccer teams will scrimmage Ridge View at Ridge View Wednesday at 5:30pm.

The Lugoff-Elgin varsity baseball team will have their final pre-season scrimmage Wednesday when they travel to take on Fort Mill.  First pitch set for 5:30pm.

In college basketball tonight Clemson takes on Georgia Tech in Atlanta.  Airtime on KOOL 102.7 is 6:30pm.

A former Camden police officer has been charged with misconduct in office.  According to SLED, the South CarolinaL Enforcement Division, Marshall Lee Hardin II allegedly touched himself while watching pornography on his cell phone while in his patrol car on December 13th of 2015.  According to an arrest warrant the incident took place while Hardin was parked in his patrol vehicle  at Woodward Park.  The case will be prosecuted by the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

In high school baseball Tuesday the Camden High varsity team will scrimmage Sumter in Sumter.  First pitch set for 5:30pm.  The Camden High UV baseball team will scrimmage Hartsville Tuesday in Hartsville.  The scrimmage will start at 5pm.

The Lugoff-Elgin girls soccer team will travel to Richland Northeast Tuesday for a scrimmage.  The scrimmage starts at 6pm.

Tuesday evening it’s college basketball action as the Clemson Tigers take on Georgia Tech in Atlanta.  Airtime on KOOL 102.7 is 6:30pm Tuesday.,

Tonight on KOOL 102.7 it’s  Sports Talk from 6pm to 8pm.