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On February 19, 2015 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Andreas Dominic Washington (34) after he led Kershaw and Lee County deputies on a high speed chase on I-20 and was in possession of a half-ounce of crack cocaine.

On the afternoon of February 19, 2015 a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office traffic unit deputy was patrolling on I-20 near mile marker 102, an area with numerous traffic fatalities, when he clocked a 2015 Chevrolet Impala being driven at 105mph. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver who was later determined to be Washington, fled.

The chase reached speeds of 110 mph and went into Lee County. Washington was seen throwing items out the passenger window during the pursuit. Lee County authorities were notified and joined the pursuit at the 114 mile marker. At that time, the Kershaw County deputy relinquished primary pursuit position to Lee County.

Washington continued to flee and exited I-20 at SC 341 with Lee and Kershaw County deputies still in pursuit. Once Washington got onto SC341,within a mile of I-20,  he crashed head on into a Bishopville Police Department patrol car. No one was seriously injured in the accident. A preliminary search of the Impala which was determined to be a Hertz rental car, resulted in the discovery of ½ ounce of suspected crack cocaine. Deputies will review dash cam video footage to attempt to determine where Washington threw what is believed to be crack cocaine out of the car window.

The Bishopville police officer and Washington were both transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation, neither with serious injuries.

Kershaw County authorities determined that Washington is currently wanted by the Atlanta Police Department for aggravated assault with intent to murder and that he is currently out on bond on a narcotics charge in Darlington County. Kershaw County authorities will charge Washington with failure to stop for a blue light, speeding (105mph in a 70mph zone), trafficking crack cocaine and DUI. Additional charges may be forthcoming.

Washington has previous arrests for assault and battery, disorderly conduct (multiple counts), possession of marijuana and crack cocaine (multiple counts), disobedience to police, criminal domestic violence, filing false police report, felon in possession of a firearm (federal), probation violation (federal) hit and run, theft by receiving stolen property, DUI, willful obstruction of law enforcement officers by use of force, terroristic threats and acts, failure to appear (multiple counts), battery, criminal interference with government property, driving under suspension and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer .

Washington is currently under guard at a local hospital until his expected release on February 20, 2015. He will be transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he will remain pending a bond hearing. The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office will be in communication with Georgia authorities relative to Washington’s fugitive status from the Atlanta Police Department.

​Due to forecast extreme cold temperatures and ​a concern about buses being able to operate, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) schools will open on a two-hour delay for students ​only ​​Friday, ​Feb. ​20.​  ​Staff will report at their normal time​s​. 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.

“​​The two-hour delay ​today ​allowed us time to get our buses cranked up in these extreme temperatures,” said KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan​. “The forecast for tomorrow is for even colder weather.”  ​

​      ​Morgan said he ​greatly appreciate​s​ ​the cooperation ​of KCSD families ​with this adjustment in schedule.

The Kershaw county school board earlier this week discussing long and short term priorities regarding facilities.  Short term priorities include health and safety issues, energy savings and maintenance of existing facilities.  Long term issues include construction of facilities in the coming years and the possibility of another school bond referendum in 2016.    Dr. Frank Morgan, Kershaw county school superintendent says there are short term issues the district needs to deal with including safety and security and looking for energy savings. Morgan says the board is also looking at long term needs regarding facilities including another school bond referendum in a couple of years.  The board directed Morgan to develop a timeline regarding a possible referendum. Morgan says the board is also looking at funding needed repairs and upgrades at specific schools in the district.

Deemed as “sheer magic” by The State Newspaper, the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) presents Columbia City Ballet’s Cinderella, Thursday, March 5 in the Wood Auditorium. Curtain time is 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students, seniors, military and children 2 and over.

Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you if you are in the audience at Columbia City Ballet’s full-length production of Cinderella. This production also features local dancers including Cailin Cokley,  Ava  Reeves,  Maddie Rhodes,  Becky Zhens, Kristen Skufca, Addie  Bittner, Rachel Catoe,  Reagan Hinson, Ella Roberts, DeSaussure DuBose, Larkin Alexander, Hailey Barnes, Zaria Brown, Hannah Culp, Charlotte Beckham, Blair Gunter, Vanessa Lopez, and Baker Swaney.

Having presented the beloved classic Cinderella nine times over the company’s 50-year history, this new production choreographed by Executive & Artistic Director William Starrett promises to live up to its past reputation of being an absolute favorite.

• About Cinderella

Based on the French fairy tale as told by Charles Perrault, Cinderella centers around the theme of a young girl’s honesty and modesty triumphing over her stepsisters’ and stepmother’s greed and arrogance. The sheer artistry of the dancing, the comic brilliance of the stepsisters and the magical, clearly-portrayed story make the production the perfect family outing.

As part of the 2014-15 School Arts Performance Series, the FAC will host a school performance of Cinderella for local Kershaw County students. Students will experience a shortened version of the full length production. The students are introduced to a wide spectrum of artistic genres and disciplines, art history, movement, physical fitness, music, theatre etiquette and stagecraft, all of which are coordinated to fit  the Common Core State Standards as well as incorporating STEM strategies.

“We are so excited to bring this fabulous dance company to Camden and to give the students of Kershaw County an opportunity to experience professional ballet at its best,” said Kristin Cobb, Executive Director of the FAC.

For tickets, please call the FAC Box Office at 803-425-7676 ext. 300, or visit the FAC website at  The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden. Office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Thursday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

Wednesday  Lugoff- Elgin High School announced the hiring of the new Head Varsity Volleyball Coach, Kathryn Ham. Coach Ham graduated from North Central High School in 2006, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from the University of South Carolina in 2011. While at the University of South Carolina she received the University of South Carolina Most Outstanding teacher Award. Coach Ham has been teaching at the Continuous Learning Center where she was Teacher of the Year in 2013. Coach Ham spent 3 years as an assistant at Lugoff- Elgin, but has been coaching at Camden High School for the past 4 years. Coach Ham is also very involved in the Kershaw County Juniors Volleyball Club, and is a member of United States Volleyball Association. We are very proud to have Coach Ham as our new coach and look forward to seeing her on the court.

KershawHealth announced today that Vice President of Marketing and Community Development, Joseph Bruce will retire on March 13th. He has also served as Executive Director of the KershawHealth Foundation for the last eight years. Bruce joined KershawHealth in 2007 when he returned to his native state after a career with major advertising and public relations agencies in New York City and Washington, DC.

During his time at KershawHealth, he guided the transition of the healthcare system’s name to KershawHealth and developed a successful marketing launch for its Urgent Care and Primary Care at Elgin. He was also responsible for planning the celebration of KershawHealth’s Centennial in 2013. At the same time, he revitalized the KershawHealth Foundation and created The Baruch Society to recognize the foundation’s most generous donors. The annual Baruch Society Members’ Dinner brought noted speakers to the community, including the Executive Vice President of Johns Hopkins Medicine and Bernard Baruch’s grandnephew. With an expanding base of donors and significant increases in financial support, the foundation was able to fund a variety of significant projects, including a lithotripter center to treat kidney stones, the renovation of the Medical Center Cafeteria, and most recently a new nurse call/monitoring system.

KershawHealth Foundation Board Chair Kathy Comer commented, “Joseph had a real vision for what the foundation could achieve and a passion that inspired members of our board. His years in New York and Washington gave him a broader world view and a heightened sense of what was possible.”

One of Bruce’s chief interests has been population health and the continuing declines at the national, state, and local level despite enormous expenditures in healthcare. In response, he envisioned an initiative to use Kershaw County as a model for how a community could achieve measurable improvements in the health of its population. Under his leadership, the LiveWell Kershaw initiative grew into a collaboration among KershawHealth, the Arnold School of Public Health at USC, the Community Medical Clinic, and Access Kershaw. With a $3 million grant from the SC Department of Health and Human Services, LiveWell Kershaw is now implementing an innovative community-based population health improvement plan in the north central area of Kershaw County.

“LiveWell Kershaw will no doubt be one of Joseph’s greatest legacies to our community,” noted KershawHealth CEO Terry Gunn. “And indeed as a model for other communities, its impact has the potential to be far-reaching in South Carolina and beyond.”

Reflecting back on the last eight years, Bruce noted, “I came to Camden originally with the idea of retiring. And so my time at KershawHealth was quite literally the career I never expected to have. But it ended up being some of the most fulfilling years of my working life. I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to help advance healthcare in our community and especially to launch an initiative that will successfully address the seemingly intractable challenge of improving population health. And now with the pound sterling hovering around $1.50, it’s time for me to travel back to the UK!”

The Kershaw County School District’s (KCSD) graduation rate is at an all-time high with over 90 percent of students graduating in four years and close to 94 percent graduating over five years.  These figures include students who receive their high school diplomas or GEDs from KCSD’s adult education program.

The district’s 90.7 percent graduating rate for the class of 2014 is 1.7 percentage points greater than the previous year and 8.1 percentage points greater than four years earlier in 2010.

“This good news is the result of our academic focus at all levels,” Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan said.  “Some people may think that only high schools are concerned with graduation rates but this truly is a measure of the whole system.  We know that the social work and other support programs we have put in place are playing as much a factor in this success as our academic efforts.”

The graduation information was a part of a report given by KCSD Assessment Director Lavoy Carter to the Kershaw County School Board at its Feb. 17 meeting.  Carter also reported that the district’s number of high school students participating in advanced placement and dual enrollment courses has increased over the past few years, rising from 390 students in the 2011-12 school year to 567 students last school year.

Carter gave the school board figures on where KCSD students go after graduation.  In the 2013-14 school year, 83 percent of students entered college, other continuing education or joined the military—the same percentage as in 2012-13. Ten percent of graduates joined the workforce this past school year, up from eight percent the previous year.