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A celebration of life in memory of drew David, the Camden high student killed last week in a vehicle accident took place Wednesday at Camden High School.  The gym at Camden High packed almost to capacity as family, friends and students gathered to honor the  memory of Drew David, who would have been a senior at Camden High this year.  Camden High football coach Jimmy Neal telling the audience that drew was a special person.

Drew David was killed when he was thrown from the vehicle he was riding in.  He was not wearing a seat belt. Neal said that everyone should learn from drew’s death and buckle up.

Drew David was an organ donor and it was announced that already five lives – two in South Carolina- have been saved by drew’s organs.  Afterwards there was a balloon launch in memory of Drew David on the practice field at Camden High.

Ask high school students to change the world in one week, and they might just do it.  At least that seems to be the case for students from Lugoff-Elgin High School (LEHS) and Camden High School (CHS) who use the week before their rivalry football game to raise money for the United Way of Kershaw County.

Over the past six years, the two schools have raised over $183,000.  Last year’s total alone was over $65,000.

“This started as a way to make a friendly cross-town rivalry into something meaningful,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan.  “It has turned into a lesson that our students are teaching our whole community about how to give back, with our United Way being the true winner.”

This year’s weeklong activities led by the schools’ student governments provide a variety of ways for the community to be involved.

Lugoff-Elgin High’s events start with a Rival Week Road Race 5K on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 8 a.m.  The $25 entry fee includes a t-shirt, and interested persons can sign up at www.strictlyrunning.com.  The school will have a car wash that day at Advanced Auto Parts in Lugoff from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

LEHS is also sponsoring a Back to School Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Rock Bottom Pond Ventures.  The evening includes a steak dinner and silent auction featuring trips and clothing as well as a meet/greet with LEHS football players, cheerleaders and LEHS coach and former NFL player Matt Campbell who will serve as the evening’s speaker.  A drawing for over $300 worth of LEHS merchandise, season tickets and other memorabilia will be held.  Tickets are $50 and can be purchased from the main office at Lugoff-Elgin High School.

Local restaurants are donating a percentage of their profits to each school on certain nights. Lugoff-Elgin High will receive a percentage of the sales from persons who eat at Sonic in Lugoff on Monday, Aug.17, Zaxby’s on Tuesday, Aug.18 and Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, Aug.19.  All restaurant times are from 5 to 8 p.m., and persons should indicate to their servers that they are there to support Lugoff-Elgin High.

In addition, LEHS is sponsoring a Dog Roast-Meet the Demons on Thursday, Aug. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Tickets are $5.

Camden High kicks off its events Sunday, Aug. 16 with a car wash at First Community Bank from 1 to 5 p.m.

CHS will benefit from customers who eat at Zaxby’s on Monday, Aug.17; Chick-fil-A on Tuesday, Aug.18; and Sonic in Camden on Wednesday, Aug.19. All restaurant times are from 5 to 8 p.m., and persons should indicate to their servers that they are there to support Camden High.

Camden High is sponsoring a Back to School Bash and concert featuring Nashville songwriter and CHS graduate Patrick Davis on Thursday, Aug. 20 at Zemp Stadium.  The event is co-sponsored by Mid-Carolina Credit Union.  Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with activities such as face painting, a Bounce House and a slide, and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.  CHS cheerleaders will begin a pep rally at 7:15 p.m. with a special guest appearance from former NFL player and CHS graduate Vonnie Holliday. Concessions and Kona Ice will be available.

Advance tickets for the CHS Back to School Bash are available from the front office at Camden High or on the CHS website at www.kcsdschools.net/chs for $10 per person or $20 for a family of four. Tickets purchased at the gate are $15 per person and $25 for a family of four. A limited number of packages featuring two concert tickets with premier seating and back stage access to Patrick Davis, two football tickets with reserved seating and parking, and an autographed football are available for $100. Please note that there is an additional $3 handling fee for tickets if purchased online.

The overall amount raised by both schools will be announced at halftime of the Aug. 21 football game, this year being played at Camden High School’s Zemp Stadium.

During the past week, five motorists have been killed in Kershaw County in traffic collisions. This tragic week began on August 3rd when Drew David (17) from Camden was killed following a single vehicle accident in which he was ejected from the vehicle in which he was a passenger and died as a result of massive head trauma. On Friday August 7th Jerry Yount (54) from Camden was killed when his vehicle was struck head-on on Red Hill Rd. Although he was not wearing his seatbelt, he remained in the vehicle and died of massive trauma.

On Saturday evening August 8th at about 6:30pm, John Randall Hudson (29) and his wife, Marie Jackson Hudson (27) were killed when the motorcycle on which they were both riding was struck by a BMW on Wildwood Lane in Elgin. Both were wearing helmets but died of massive trauma. Three hours later at about 9:30pm Evan Pauling (40) from Camden was killed when the motorcycle he was driving ran off the side of the road on St. Paul Road and ran into a guide wire.

Traffic fatalities in Kershaw County from January 2015 to August 3, 2015 were at 5, but that number doubled in the span of one week to 10 with this recent rash of collisions. None of the five most recent fatalities were the result of DUI drivers.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said that he has contacted the SCHP and requested stepped up traffic enforcement in Kershaw County in the near future. SCDPS Director Leroy Smith and SCHP Colonel Mike Oliver have pledged sending additional troopers to Kershaw County on a temporary basis. As a result motorists in Kershaw County can expect to see more officers on the roads within the next couple of weeks.

“Law enforcement cannot possibly stop this terrible trend, but we can penalize those who violate those traffic laws that, if ignored, can contribute to death and serious injuries. What we really need is for the public to obey the traffic laws. To quit texting while driving. To slow down. To wear their seatbelts. To stop passing in no passing zones. To avoid drinking or taking drugs before or while driving and to be more courteous and less aggressive while driving,” stated Sheriff Matthews. “This past week has been a serious reminder of just how quickly a life can be snuffed out or drastically changed in a split second.”

 

The two teens who had been sought for a number of days by the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office have been located.  Caroline Spigner and her friend Savannah Wilson had been reported missing by their mothers.  According to the sheriff’s office both were located together at a motel.  Both ran to a nearby apartment complex but were taken into custody.  The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office is consulting with the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, the Dept. of Juvenile Justice and the Dept. of Social Services to see if any action should be taken.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two missing Camden teens.  According to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office Caroline Lynne Spigner was reported as a runaway on august 3rd. Her friend Savannah Joy Wilson was reported missing august 5th.  Both girls were reported missing by their mothers. Authorities say Caroline Spigner may be in the Elgin or Richland Northeast area.  Savannah Wilson’s mother said when she last talk to her daughter she said she had been talking to an older man in Florida. No vehicle description was given for either girl. Anyone with information should contact the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office at 425-1512.

Three people killed Saturday in two separate motorcycle accidents.  According to coroner David west a husband and wife – john Rendell Hudson and his wife Courtney Marie were killed when a car pulled in front of them.  Later Saturday afternoon Evan Pauling of Camden killed when he lost control of his motorcycle near Camden.  All of the riders were wearing helmets.  Both accidents are under investigation by the coroner’s office and the highway patrol. 

A Camden man was killed Friday afternoon in a head on collision that took place on Red Hill Road outside of Camden.  Kershaw County Coroner David West that  54 year old Jerry Randell Yount was driving toward Camden when the accident occurred shortly after one Friday afternoon.  West says the accident is under investigation by the Kershaw County Coroner’s Office and the Couth Carolina Highway Patrol.

Customers of the City of Camden electrical system could be experiencing temporary power outages over the next few days as Duke Energy makes permanent repairs to the transmission line feeing the city’s black river substation.  The city electrical system was down Thursday night and early Friday morning as storms passed through the midlands. Camden city manager Mel Pearson says that duke energy believes the problems in the Duke transmission line were weather related. Duke Energy provides wholesale electricity to the City of Camden.  Pearson says duke was able to make temporary repairs Thursday night and Friday morning and will be working  on permanent repairs in the coming days. According to Camden city manager Mel Pearson a plan has been developed with Duke for permanent repairs.  Repair will take Sunday morning starting at around one and lasting two hours. The affected area will be the residential area on Black River Road, the commercial area around exit 98, the commercial area on West DeKalb Street that is west of Campbell Street. The affected area could extend to Springdale Plaza.