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LAST NIGHT IN THE KERSHAW-RICHLAND CLASSIC SPRING BREAK BASEBALL TOURNAMENT AT RICHLAND NORTHEASTCHAPIN DEFEATED LUGOFF ELGIN   6-3 TO FINISH IN THIRD PLACE IN THE TOURNAMENT. RICHLAND NORTHEAST DEFEATED CAMDEN HIGH TO WIN THE TOURNAMENT. 

TONIGHT ON KOOL 102.7 AT 6:00 ITS COLLEGE BASEBALL AS THE CLEMSON TIGERS BATTLE THE NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS .

SATURDAY ON KOOL 102.7 AT 6:00 ITS COLLEGE BASEBALL AS CLEMSON PLAYS GAME TWO OF A THREE GAME SERIES WITH NORTH CAROLINA .

SUNDAY ON KOOL 102.7 AT 12:30 ITS COLLEGE BASEBALL AS CLEMSON WRAPS UP THEIR THREE GAME SERIES WITH THE NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS .

The Lugoff Fire-Rescue hosted a hands-on training course on passenger train emergency responses on Saturday March 28th, 2015. Firefighters from Lugoff Fire-Rescue and from as far away as Georgia met at Lugoff Fire-Rescue Headquarters to be briefed by Amtrak’s Mike Stammel and CSX’s Mike Copeland on emergency responses to passenger railway incidents. Staff then traveled to the CSX Depot off Ward Road in Lugoff to perform hands-on training on Amtrak equipment. Members of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department also attending the course. Lugoff crews completed similar training in 2014 with CSX on freight rail emergencies. The course provided emergency responders with critical training on responding to and mitigating incidents involving passenger trains. Topics of discussion included how to secure the railway for incidents, emergency notifications, extrication of patients, identification of rail cars, locomotive dangers, locomotive fire operations, hazards of passenger rail emergencies, and railway terminology.

“For us to receive this type of quality training is of great benefit to all of our staff as we continue to educate ourselves before incidents occur requiring advanced response knowledge. The information and hands-on training we received on passenger rail emergency response was phenomenal to help us to stay as safe as possible during these incidents as well as aiding us to know how to remove injured people from a passenger train incident. Unfortunately, we know it can happen as it has happened in Lugoff before” Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis Ray stated.

On July 31, 1991, an Amtrak Passenger Train derailed and crashed behind DuPont in Lugoff resulting in 7 fatalities and 76 injuries. A rail switch was determined to be the cause of the crash as the Amtrak train crashed into freight cars parked behind the industry due to the rail switch. Access to the train and the patients was very limited and difficult due to the location of crash; which is common to railway emergencies.

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“We know these type of incidents happen, so we need to be as prepared as possible to respond, access, and provide rescue services for railway incidents. This type of training is vital to our success and preparedness” Chief Ray stated.

In the Fall of 2014 a lengthy narcotics investigation in Kershaw County started with a traffic stop by the Chief of Police in Bethune. On April 1, 2015 the investigation concluded with the arrests of 9 out of 12 suspects in the vicinity of Bethune, SC.

It was widely known in the Town of Bethune and surrounding areas, as well as by the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office, that there was a group of individuals who had been selling drugs in and around Bethune, virtually unimpeded over many years. Penetrating a drug dealing organization in a small town is very difficult when the dealers know the customers and strangers are not trusted. This all changed when the newly appointed Chief of Police in Bethune made a simple traffic stop.

SLED agents were called in and a sworn SLED agent made numerous hand to hand buys of crack cocaine, marijuana and assorted pharmaceutical controlled drugs under the watchful eye of Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office narcotics officers and SLED agents. These buys, which were funded by SLED, took place over several months, mostly on the outskirts of the Bethune town limits.

On April 1, 2015 an arrest team made up of SLED agents, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the Bethune Chief of Police began searching for and arresting those who had sold to the undercover personnel. The below listed individuals were arrested on the corresponding charges:

Jimmy Bracey ( Age 51) – Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, distribution of crack cocaine (4 counts), distribution of marijuana (1 count) and conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

Joseph Micol (Age 53) – Distribution of crack cocaine (1 count), distribution of Schedule II controlled substance (2 counts), distribution of narcotics in proximity to a park (3 counts), conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, conspiracy to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance

Kenshon Hough (Age 38) – Distribution of crack cocaine (2 counts), distribution of narcotics in proximity of a park (1 count), conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine

Brandon Williams (Age 24) – Distribution of crack cocaine (1 count), distribution of marijuana (1 count)

Kojuana Williams (Age 26) – Distribution of marijuana (1 count), distribution of a prescription drug (1 count)

Edward Egbert (Age 56) – Distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance (1 count), distribution of narcotics within proximity to a park

Amanda Starnes (Age 28) – Distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance (1 count), distribution of narcotics within proximity to a park, conspiracy to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance

During the course of these arrests, officers located the following two individuals who were wanted on outstanding bench warrants:

Branden Service – General Sessions bench warrant for failure to appear on narcotics charges and 2 magistrate bench warrants for failure to appear

Cedric Everett – Family Court bench warrant for failure to appear

Warrants are outstanding for three other unnamed individuals charging them with numerous counts of drug distribution.

All of the above listed individuals were transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center and awaiting bond hearings.

“Doing something about the out of control drug dealing in Bethune has been a priority of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office for some time. When police agencies work together, as witnessed in this investigation, positive results for our community will occur. We are not too proud to ask for help and SLED always comes to our assistance when asked,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

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LAST NIGHT IN THE KERSHAW-RICHLAND CLASSIC SPRING BREAK BASEBALL TOURNAMENT OUT AT LEGION FIELD, THE CAMDEN HIGH BULLDOGS PLATED THREE RUNS IN THE THIRD WHILE ROSS HOUGH HELD LUGOFF ELGIN TO JUST THREE HITS AS THE BULLDOGS WON 3-0. LUGOFF ELGIN WILL PLAY CHAPIN FOR THIRD PLACE AT 4:00 WHILE CAMDEN WILL PLAY RICHLAND NORTHEAST AT 6:30 BOTH GAMES WILL BE PLAYED AT RICHLAND NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL.

TONIGHT ON KOOL 102.7 AT 6:00 ITS SPORTS TALK WITH PHIL KORNBLUTT.

A Newberry man was killed Tuesday afternoon in a logging accident that took place in the Tookie Doo area of Kershaw county near Elgin. According to Kershaw county coroner David West, 54 year old Jeffrey Meyers of Newberry was killed when he was struck in the head by a limb as a tree was being fed through a logging machine. West says that an autopsy shows that Meyers died of a blunt force injury to the head.

TODAY IN THE KERSHAW-RICHLAND CLASSIC SPRING BREAK BASEBALL TOURNAMENT OUT AT LEGION FIELD. THE GAMES WILL START AT 12:00 WITH THE CHAPIN JV’S BATTLING WESTWOOD THEN AT 2:30 LOWER RICHLANDS VARSITY TAKES ON RIDGE VIEW FOLLOWED AT 5:00 WITH A JV MATCH UP BETWEEN CAMDEN AND LUGOFF ELGIN.
TONIGHT ON KOOL 102.7 AT 7:15 ITS HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL AS CAMDEN HOST LUGOFF ELGIN.

Later this month and early next month the Kershaw County School  District will hold a series of public meetings dealing with the district budget being developed for the fiscal year that begins in July.  Public meetings take place later this month at North Central and Lugoff-Elgin high schools and in early may at Camden High School.  Dr. Frank Morgan, Kershaw county school superintendent says the meetings give folks a chance to find out more about the district’s proposed budget. The public meeting for North Central takes place Monday April 13th.  The public meeting for Lugoff-Elgin high takes place Monday, April 27th and the meeting at Camden High takes place, Thursday, May 7th.

LAST NIGHT IN THE KERSHAW – RICHLAND CLASSIC SPRING BREAK BASEBALL TOURNAMENT CAMDEN DEFEATED RIDGE VIEW 8-0 WHILE LUGOFF ELGIN BEAT LOWER RICHLAND 11-1.

TODAY IN THE KERSHAW-RICHLAND CLASSIC SPRING BREAK BASEBALL TOURNAMENT OUT AT LEGION FIELD. THE GAMES WILL START AT 12:00 THE CAMDEN JV’S TAKING ON WESTWOOD. THEN AT 2:30 LUGOFF ELGIN’S JV’S WILL BATTLE CHAPIN FOLLOWED AT 5:00 BY LUGOFF ELGIN’S VARSITY GOES UP AGAINST RIDGE VIEW AND IN THE NIGHT CAP AT 7:30 ITS CAMDEN VARSITY VERSUS LOWER RICHLAND.

TONIGHT ON KOOL 102.7 AT 6:00 ITS SPORTS TALK WITH PHIL KORNBLUTT.

The Lugoff Fire-Rescue applied for and was awarded a Fairfield Electric Cooperative Operation Round-Up grant award for $2400 for the purchase of over 200 smoke alarms to be installed in the community. The Lugoff Fire-Rescue installs free smoke alarms to residents in the Lugoff Fire District who cannot afford smoke alarms for their home. In addition to the grant funded by Fairfield Electric Cooperative, Lowes of Camden also donated 20 more smoke alarms to the purchase to be installed in the Lugoff Community. Mark Howard with Fairfield Electric presented the check to Lugoff Fire-Rescue Chief Dennis Ray and staff March 18th at the Headquarters Station along with Store Manager Andy Hall and Pro-Services Manager Rodger McGee from the Camden Lowes store.

“We are very grateful to both Fairfield Electric Cooperative for these grant funds as well as Lowes of Camden for stepping up to help us. We were completely out of alarms prior to the grant and were getting calls for installs. We are so pleased to continue this vital service to our community to install these alarms to warn our residents preventing fire deaths that are occurring way too often in our state” Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis Ray stated.

96 fire deaths occurred in 2014 in South Carolina; the majority of which were residential fire deaths with many occurring in homes without an operational smoke alarm. The crew at Lugoff Fire-Rescue have been installing free alarms for years along with free car seat installation inspections and free home fire safety inspections upon request. Lugoff Fire-Rescue hopes to secure more grant funding for carbon-monoxide alarm installations in the near future as well as fire prevention materials to distribute throughout the community.

“We are always open to other sources of funding other than our tax revenue used for basic operations in the department so we can extend additional services to our citizens at little to no cost to them. We are so thankful for the support of the Lugoff Community towards our fire department and we will continue to seek ways we can give back each year” Chief Ray stated.

Residents living in the Lugoff Fire District can call 803-438-2553 to request a free home fire safety inspection as well as a free smoke alarm installation. Free car seat checks can be obtained by stopping by the Lugoff Fire-Rescue Headquarters at 892 Hwy 1 South in Lugoff.