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The Kershaw County School District earlier this week went before Kershaw County Council to present their millage request for the upcoming fiscal year.  The district is seeking a 4.6 mil increase for district operations. Dr. Frank Morgan, Kershaw county school superintendent telling council that personnel account for over 84% of the district’s budget. Morgan told council that over the years the Kershaw County School district has managed to accomplish a lot with slender resources. Kershaw county council will take action on the district’s millage request at a later meeting.

Three Kershaw County School District students helped to design the t-shirts used at the Kershaw County Special Olympics last month.  Pictured left to right, front row: Camden Elementary 2nd grader Fletcher Crane, Doby’s Mill Elementary 4th grader Tristan McLeod and Lugoff-Elgin Middle 7th grader Sawyer Reeves.  Back row: Camden Police Department Lt. Herbie Frasier, KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan, Special Olympics coordinator Billy Newman and Special Olympics coordinator Cletus Ray.

Jackson School fourth grade teacher Amanda Harris was named 2015 Kershaw County School District Teacher of the Year at a gala Monday while North Central Middle English teacher Jodie Kahler was named first alternate.

Also honored during the evening’s celebration was Jackson School fourth grade teacher Margaret Gaskins who received the Outstanding First Year Teacher award. Wateree Elementary Principal Gail Stehle also was recognized as the district’s Principal of the Year.

All 20 Kershaw County schools selected teachers of the year earlier this school year. Harris and Kahler were two of six honor roll teachers selected as finalists for the district award. Other honor roll teachers were: Michelle Clark, Blaney Elementary; Mary Crayne, Camden Elementary; Casey Faulkenberry, Camden High; and Angela McCall, Doby’s Mill Elementary.

Harris taught at Midway Elementary School before joining the teaching staff at Jackson. During the 2013-14 school year, she was named the Reading Teacher of the Year by the Kershaw County Reading Council and was also first runner up in the district’s Outstanding First Year Teacher Award during the 2011-12 school year.

“Teaching is not only my spiritual gift, it is my mission in life.  I believe the only way to change the world is through education and love,” said Harris. “I want to change the world.  It is that simple.  One individual at a time.”

Jackson Principal Matia Goodwin said when you enter Harris’s classroom, “you immediately feel a sense of community and collaboration.  From the beginning of the year, Mrs. Harris strives to create a positive environment, and she encourages her students to be innovative and creative thinkers.”

This is the second time in nine years that North Central Middle has selected Kahler as its teacher of the year.  After college, she worked in her family’s jewelry business but felt a calling to do more with her skills and to give back to her community.  “My main goal as an educator is to teach my students that adversity can actually make you stronger,” Kahler said.  “All too often, they are ready to accept defeat in the classroom, in athletics and in their personal lives.  I want them to learn that success can come with determination and goals.”

Serving as Wateree Elementary’s top administrator since 2009, Stehle was elected as Principal of the Year by her peers. Under her leadership, Wateree has received a Palmetto Gold Award, three Palmetto Silver Awards, three Red Carpet School Awards and a PBIS Exemplar Award.

Gaskins is the seventh KCSD educator to receive the district’s award to honor first year teachers. A fourth grade teacher at Jackson School, she is a member of this year’s induction class. The judges were very impressed with Gaskins and said all of her “students were on task and worked well together in groups. She is very innovative.”

Other first year teachers who were named as honor roll teachers for the Outstanding First Year Teacher recognition include Sarah Gardner, Doby’s Mill Elementary; Casey Stevens, Lugoff-Elgin High; and Gladys Thompson, Wateree Elementary.

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Amanda Harris

The Camden police are investigating a homicide that took place Sunday evening.  Kershaw county coroner David West says the victim  was identified as twenty-four year old Samuel Stewart of Camden.  Camden police chief Joe Floyd says the case is under active investigation by the Camden Police Department. Coroner David West says Stewart was shot in the side Sunday evening at around 7:30.  The case is under active investigation by the Camden Police Department and the Kershaw County Coroner’s Office.

Tuesday the Fine Arts Centre of Kershaw County will be taking part in Midlands Gives Day, a day to give back to the midlands.  Folks are being asked to make a donation Tuesday to the Fine Arts Centre and support the arts in Kershaw county.  Midlands gives day is a 24 hour, local, on-line giving challenge presented by the Central Carolina Community Foundation designed to increase philanthropic giving in the midlands.   Donations can be made Tuesday by  going to midlands gives dot org.  Donations may also be made by going to fine arts center dot org.  The minimum donation is $20.

A LOT HAPPENING OVER THE WEEKEND IN LOCAL SPORTS WITH THE HIGHSCHOOL BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS IN FULL SWING.
LETS START WITH FRIDAY NIGHT AS THE CAMDEN HIGH BULLDOGS BASEBALL TEAM OPENED THE FIRST ROUND OF THE 3A STATE PLAYOFFS WITH A 2-1 WIN OVER WALHALLA. DEVIN BECKLEY HAD A NO HITTER THRU 5 AND TWO THIRDS INNINGS AND THE BULLDOGS HELD OFF THE RAZORBACKS FOR THE VICTORY. CAMDEN WILL NOW TRAVEL TO CHESTER FOR A WINNERS BRACKET CONTEST TONIGHT FOR A 7PM FIRST PITCH. LISTEN IN ON KOOL 102.7 AT 5:45 FOR CAMDEN AND CHESTER PLAYOFF BASEBALL

ALSO ON FRIDAY NIGHT, RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THE BASEBALL FIELD, THE CAMDEN HIGH LADY BULLDOGS OPENED FIRST ROUND SOFTBALL ACTION AGAINST BELTON HONEA PATH. THE LADY BEARS GOT THE 7-1 WIN. THE GAME WAS TIED INTO THE 5TH BEFORE THE LADY BEARS PULLED AWAY IN THIS ONE. THE LADY BULLDOGS WILL FACE ELIMINATION TONIGHT VS BEREA AT CAMDEN. FIRST PITCH IS AT 6:30

ON SATURDAY, PLAYOFF ACTION CONTINUED AROUND THE STATE, AND IT WAS CLASS 4A SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL. THE LUGOFF ELGIN LADY DEMONS FELL TO CLOVER 8-0. IT WAS A 3 RUN BLAST BY TAYLOR STEWART OF THE LADY BLUE EAGLES THAT HIGHLIGHTED A 5 RUN 1ST INNING FOR CLOVER. LE WILL FACE ELIMINATION AGAINST DORMAN TONIGHT AT LUGOFF ELGIN.

IN BASEBALL, THE LUGOFF ELGIN DEMONS WERE ON THE ROAD TO FACE JL MANN IN A WINNERS BRACKET CONTEST AFTER DEFEATING LAURENS BACK ON THURSDAY NIGHT. THE DEMONS WOULD TAKE A 2-0 LEAD EARLY BUT JL MANN TIED IT UP INT HE 2 AND PULLED AWAY WINNING 6-3
THE DEMONS WILL FACE ELIMINATION AND HEAD BACK TO LAURENS HIGHSCHOOL TO TAKE ON THE RAIDERS. FIRST PITCH IS SET FOR 7PM TONIGHT.

DON’T FORGET, ON KOOL 102.7 TONIGHT, WE’LL HAVE CAMDEN AND CHESTER IN A WINNERS BRACKET CONTEST. AIRTIME IS 5:45. WE’LL ALSO KEEP YOU POSTED AND UPDATED ON THE OTHER THREE PLAYOFF GAMES GOING ON DURING THE BROADCAST AS WELL.

Kershaw County Council earlier this week approved the five year capital improvement plan for Woodward Field in Camden.  County administrator Vic Carpenter explaining to council that the plan is required under Federal Aviation Administration regulations. The plan was approved with a unanimous vote.  Recent airport improvement projects at Woodward Field have included the installation of new fencing around the airport perimeter.

Kershaw County Council Tuesday evening honored Bobby Jones for his years of service to Kershaw county and the state of South Carolina as an educator, a member of the KershawHealth board and chairman of the South Carolina Highway Commission.  Jones served as an educator for over 50 years including time as principal of Midway Elementary School in Cassatt. He also served as chairman of the South Carolina Highway Commission and currently is a member of the KershawHealth board of trustees. Council passed the resolution honoring Jones on a unanimous vote.