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The softball season came to an end this past Friday night for the Lugoff-Elgin Lady Demons.  They lost to Byrnes 12-1. The Lady Demons end the season 29-4.  They won the Region 4 championship for the second year in a row and advanced to the upper state championship for the first time since 2002.

Camden High School junior Lyndsey Pierce won the 3-A state champions ship in the pole vault this past Saturday with a vault of 12 feet 6 inches.

The Atlanta Braves take on the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight. Airtime on KOOL 102.7 is 5:50pm.

What started as a great idea by several Lugoff-Elgin High School students has turned into a reality.  The first-ever Red Carpet Affair prom for special needs students in the Kershaw County School District will be held on Saturday, May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Lugoff-Elgin High School Annex Cafeteria.

Sponsored by the school’s LEAPS (Lugoff-Elgin High Athletes Providing Service) group with assistance from the Kershaw County Special Olympics Committee, honored students will be driven in golf carts from the parking lot and be able to participate in a photo booth as well as eat and dance with friends.

LEHS is located at 1284 Highway 1 South in Lugoff.  The annex cafeteria is located on the back of the campus, closer to Lugoff-Elgin Middle School.

Garrit Strunga, a Camden High School junior in ATEC’s fall semester graphic communications class, was recently presented with The Printing Industry of the Carolinas (PICA) 2016 Student Achievement Award for high school students. Strunga designed a T-shirt logo that was selected as the best from more than 100 entries submitted by students from high schools in South Carolina and North Carolina. Shown at the awards presentation are PICA Foundation President Ed McLamb, Strunga, and ATEC graphic communications instructor Walker Canada.

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Lugoff-Elgin Lady Demons will play for the upper state championship tonight.  Lugoff-Elgin will now travel to Byrnes this evening.  The Lady Demons will have to defeat the Lady Rebels twice in order to advance to the state championship.  Game time this evening is 6:30pm. You can hear that game on KOOL 102.7 with airtime is set for 6:15pm.

The Lugoff-Elgin boys and girls track teams are competing in the state track meet today and tomorrow.

The Finally Friday Free Concert Series returns to the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) on Friday, May 27 with BLYSS. The concert will take place at the Shull Pavilion located behind the Wood Auditorium on the grounds of the FAC from 6:00-8:30 p.m. The Finally Friday Free Concert Series is sponsored by Duke Energy, NBSC, Alpine Agency, Graham Realty, Gadgets of Camden and City Laundry & Cleaners.

This outdoor concert series provides a casual family atmosphere in which to enjoy a variety of live musical styles. Admission is free and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. No coolers, please.

This outdoor concert series provides a casual family atmosphere in which to enjoy a variety of live musical styles. Admission is free and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. No coolers, please.

  • About the band

BLYSS is a four-piece band formed in 2014.  Lance Williams (vocals, lead guitar) and Stephen Staley (drums, vocals) are Camden natives and have played together in bands for a number of years.  Bradley “Brad” Bolton (vocals and rhythm guitar,) and Ken Swartz (vocals, keyboard, and bass) hail from Columbia.

“We came up with the name BLYSS by using our names — Brad, Lance, Staley, and Swartz,” says band member Stephen Staley. “People ask why we used a ‘Y’ instead of an ‘I’ for the middle letter and we always respond ‘Y’ not!  We each make up a part of the band with our name as well as our musicianship.  We play together and blend into a great band just like our names blend into a great band name,” he said.

“We are looking forward to playing Finally Friday this month,” Staley continued.  “We play a variety of different genres and styles from old to new.  Something for all ages to enjoy.  So tell everyone to come follow their BLYSS and they won’t be disappointed with what they hear.”

Modeled after other successful free concert events around the state, this series is produced by musician and sound technician Kevin Taylor, a 1991 graduate of Full Sale in Florida and former sound engineer for country music star Vince Gill for almost 10 years.

Wednesday night the Lugoff-Elgin Lady Demons advanced to the upper state championship game when they defeated. J.L. Mann 9-2.  Lugoff-Elgin will now travel to Byrnes Friday.  The Lady Demons will have to defeat the Lady Rebels twice in order to advance to the state championship.  Game time Friday evening is 6pm. You can hear that game on KOOL 102.7 with airtime Friday evening set for 5:45pm.

This evening it’s Braves baseball as the Braves take on the Phillies.  Airtime on KOOL 102.7 is 5:55pm.

Lugoff Fire-Rescue was dispatched to provide rescue services in the Pine Grove Fire District on Monday May 9, 2016 around 8 AM for a single motor vehicle collision with a victim heavily entrapped. A vehicle was traveling down Smyrna Road towards SC 34 (Ridgeway Road) in a sharp curve near the Fairfield County line. Lugoff crews arrived to find a single patient pinned inside a car that had flipped over several times coming to land on the back side of a building. The patient was heavily entrapped inside the vehicle. Lugoff firefighters used hydraulic rescue tools to remove the roof area of the vehicle and relocate some vehicle parts so the patient could be removed. Another engine from Lugoff set up a landing zone inside an open field near the crash to land the LifeNet medical helicopter. The patient was flown to Palmetto Richland Trauma Center.

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The condition of the patient is unknown. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the collision. Lugoff Battalion 1, Rescue 10, Engine 10, and Service 10 were on scene until around 9:30 AM Monday morning for the crash and to assist Law Enforcement. Crews from the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department and EMS were also on scene. Smyrna Road was blocked from traffic due to emergency vehicles until around 9:30 AM with vehicles being re-routed through a BP Station parking lot.

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The Lugoff-Elgin Lady Demon softball team is on the road tonight. They travel to J.L. Mann fror an elimination game in the upper state playoffs. First pitch is set for 6:30pm.  You can hear the game on KOOL 102.7 with airtime set for 6:15pm.

Tonight the Atlanta Braves will take on the Philadelphia Phillies. Airtime is 5:55pm on Startime 1590.

 Lugoff Fire-Rescue now has 12 more Swift Water Rescuers after the group completed training at the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte North Carolina. This training is an intensive two day course that focuses on recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques and simple rescue methods used in team rescue scenarios. These 12 Rescue Swimmers join the current 8 on the Lugoff Swift Water Rescue Team. The addition of the Rescue Swimmers come after the Lugoff Board of Fire Commissioners reviewed and approved recommendations from Department Fire Chief Dennis Ray from the After-Action Review (AAR) of the October 2015 Flood response.

“We are so thankful that we had the resources and trained staff ready prior to the October Flood; even though these resources were limited. These resources were quickly depleted during the flooding from various rescue needs in Lugoff and surrounding communities. Preparedness is critical in our profession for the many various technical challenges we face in today’s Fire Service. Increasing our Swift Water Rescue capabilities for our community is a HUGE positive step for our department as we progress forward with our strategic planning and proactive vision. I am very proud of these 12 members that volunteered to attend this training stepping up to the plate to protect our community” Lugoff Fire-Rescue Chief Dennis Ray stated.

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The Department has received FEMA reimbursement funds from the October 2015 Flood that paid for new Swift Water Rescue equipment now in service and funded most of the training expense for the new members. The new members will join the Swift Water Rescue Team immediately and begin continuous training with the new equipment. Because Lugoff Fire-Rescue participates in the Statewide Firefighter Mobilization Task Force, these rescue swimmers may also be utilized in large-scale emergency events in other areas of the state if needed.

On May 9, 2016 a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested Debora Bradshaw Barfield (53) who resides on Jesup Ct. in Elgin on a warrant charging her with breach of trust with fraudulent intent ($10,000.00 or more) and forgery  ($10,000.00 or more).

Members of the finance committee at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Lugoff, SC became suspicious during their annual audit of the church’s finances when Barfield, who oversaw church funds,  repeatedly failed to provide documents needed to perform the audit. On April 21, 2016 a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office investigator began working with church officials who said that large sums of money could not be accounted for.

“This incident should be a wake-up call for all churches where significant sums of money are collected weekly,” said Sheriff Jim Matthews. “It is important to trust those in charge of church funds, but it is imperative that a system be put in place to verify how those funds are accounted for in order to keep everyone honest.”

Finance committee members met with the investigator numerous times and provided him with bank records and documents which showed the discrepancies in the church funds for which Barfield was responsible. These discrepancies dated back to February 2015. It was eventually determined that Barfield had forged approximately 145 checks and had stolen church funds in excess of $97,000.00.