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The Kershaw County School Board continued discussion regarding facilities during Tuesday evening’s meeting and it appears that the board is leaning toward eventually closing Zemp Stadium in Camden.  The board is working at developing a referendum proposal to go before voters in the fall.  Dr. Frank Morgan, school superintendent  says that it appears the board favors constructing a new stadium on property on Ehrenclou Drive across from Camden High then closing Zemp Stadium at some point in the future.  The board also discussed a new elementary school for the North Central attendance zone. The board is looking at two options: one would merge Baron DeKalb, Bethune and Mount Pisgah elementary schools and the other option would also include Midway Elementary. In the coming months the board plans to hold public meetings regarding the proposal for phase two of facilities equalization.   

State Senator Vincent Sheheen and Representative Laurie Slade Funderburk were at Camden High Wednesday morning to present the school with a resolution recently passed by the general assembly honoring Camden High for winning the Palmetto’s Finest award.  After the presentation Sheheen said that winning the award shows that Camden High is a great school and that schools in Kershaw County are continue to do a great job at educating students.  Sheheen said the measure passed both the South Carolina House of Representatives and the state Senate with unanimous votes.  Sheheen also said he is proud to be a graduate of Camden High adding that his two sons will graduate from Camden High this year.

CHS Resolution with Matthews

Kershaw County Council Tuesday passed first reading by title only of an ordinance authorizing the county to enter into an installment purchase agreement not to exceed $8.5 million.  The funds would be used for improvements to the Kershaw County Detention Centre, recreational facilities and improvements to the Kershaw County campus of Central Carolina Tech.  The measure passed with a unanimous vote.  The ordinance will have to pass two more readings before becoming final.

The past few years have been tough ones for school districts in South Carolina including the Kershaw County School District. But Dr. Frank Morgan, school superintendent says even with smaller budgets and reduced funding school in Kershaw County have continued to make progress.  Morgan pointed to Camden High recently winning the Palmetto’s Finest award and to the number of Palmetto Gold and Silver awards won by schools in Kershaw County.  Morgan also said that the district has turned in the highest scores ever on the ACT and that the graduation rate continues to go up while the drop out rate is going down.  Morgan credited district teachers, administrators and employees for the positive results during tough economic times.

Two people were arrested Sunday by Kershaw County Sheriff’s deputies after complaints of a possible meth lab in Cassatt.  The meth lab was discovered in a out building of a residence on West Drive near Cassatt.  According to Sheriff Jim Matthews two people, 44 year old Debra Page Grooms and 40 year old Lloyd Otis Sams were arrested.

Lloyd Sams

In addition to the meth lab in the building deputies also discovered a mobile meth lab in their vehicle.  Fire and EMS units were called in to stand by in event of any problems.

Debra Grooms

The manufacture of methamphetamine is highly toxic and leaves behind very toxic waste matter.  Officials from the cleanup company that responded have stated that the cleanup may set a record for the largest waste product by weight of any meth lab in South Carolina.  Both Grooms and Sams have been arrested previously on narcotics violations.  Both were placed in the Kershaw County Detention Centre.

The former site of the Continuous Learning Center, the Pickett building across from Camden High is slated to become a teen center and the home of the Boys and Girls clubs in Kershaw County.  The idea is to have a place where middle and high school students can gather for after school activities, do homework, be involved in sports and other youth oriented programs.

Kershaw County School Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan says the school district has been working with a number of groups and people to make the teen center a reality. A grand opening is set to take place in June.

Again this election season the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and the Kershaw County School District will be sponsoring a series of educated voter forums.  During Thursday morning’s meeting of the chamber board, chamber executive director Liz Horton told board members that details are still being finalized as far as dates and locations but that there will be forums for county council candidates as well as county treasurer and also forum for contested school board races.  Horton said there would also be forums in the fall.      

Reid Buckley of camden, a  noted author, speaker and lecturer passed away earlier this week.  Buckley founded  the Buckley School of Public Speaking in Camden in 1988.  Buckley passed away Monday evening in a Columbia hospital.

Again this year Camden High’s Desaussure Tri-Hi-Y club adopted a Make-a-Wish Foundation project.  The project was to help make the wish of Kaleigh, a seven year old girl from Lugoff, come true.  Kaleigh suffers from cystic fibrosis and her wish is to swim with dolphines at Sea World.  Every member of Desaussure participated in the success of the fund raiser by selling tickets, concessions, face painting and more.  There was a great outreach from the community and the amount raised was $1513.35 which was presented to a representative of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.  Helping with the project were members of Camden High’s Bulldog Pearls Club.      

Earlier this month Lt. Brad Lawson of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office was recognized at the National Interdiction Conference in Nashville for his efforts in drug interdiction on I-20 in Kershaw County.  Lawson received the award for making the largest crack cocaine seizure on an interstate highway. The National Criminal Enforcement Association recognizes interdiction officer from all over the United States for efforts in seizing narcotics, stolen vehicles, fugitives, unlawful weapons and other criminal enforcement operations on the roadways of the United States. Last year Lawson was recognized for recovering the most stolen vehicles.