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December 13.  Colonial Christmas in Camden, 2:00 – 5:00 pm.  Kershaw-Cornwallis House.  Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site.

What?  No Santa? No Christmas Tree?  What kind of Christmas is that?  A Colonial Christmas! And you and your family are invited to take a peek at how the Yuletide Season was celebrated by our forefathers at the Kershaw-Cornwallis House.  The house will be decorated in seasonal splendor and the dining table laden with holiday fare. Guides dressed in 18th century finery will share some of the Yuletide customs as you tour the house. Meet a Carolina backwoodsman. Try on period clothes, play colonial games and write a holiday greeting with a quill pen.  After sampling delectable 18th century refreshments, spend some fun time in the newly restored McCaa’s Tavern and enjoy a 10% discount on most items in the gift shop.  Be sure to take the little ones on the Christmas Scavenger Hunt before you leave this engaging family excursion into the past.  Tickets, sold at the gift shop, are $5 Adults, $3 ages 6-12, and free for ages under six.   Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site is located at 222 Broad Street, Camden, SC, 1.4 miles from I-20/Exit 98 on Hwy 521 North. Information:  (803) 432-9841 or www.historic-camden.net.

The legislative advocacy efforts of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees during the 2014 legislative session have been deemed the best in the state by the South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA).

Along with the school board from Orangeburg Consolidated District 5, the Kershaw County School Board received the Legislative Advocacy Program of the Year award during this past weekend’s annual SCSBA Legislative and Advocacy Conference.

The award honors school boards that have developed and implemented effective legislative advocacy programs in their districts. It was created in 2005 to focus on the association’s mission to be the leading voice for quality public schools in South Carolina.

SCSBA officials were impressed with the Kershaw County School Board’s efforts to:

  • approve 10 clearly stated legislative positions and priorities, including an overhaul of the funding structure for K-12 education;
  • develop written short-term and long-term legislative advocacy plans;
  • appoint board chair Mara Jones to maintain relationships with local policymakers and to report to them on activities and spending in the school district;
  • schedule appointments at the Columbia offices of local legislative delegation members to discuss key issues and concerns; and
  • personally encourage district staff to register to vote, involving teacher leaders in this process.

“Local school board members will always be the best lobbyists for public education,” said SCSBA Executive Director Dr. Paul Krohne. “They are knowledgeable and passionate about the issues and listen carefully to their local constituents. The advocacy networks in Kershaw County and in Orangeburg County prove there is strength and credibility in speaking with one voice from Columbia to Washington, D.C. As schools continue to do more and more with less and less, it is crucial for local communities, led by their school board, to advocate for their public schools.”

School boards applying for the award must show leadership in supporting and executing best advocacy program practices that impact the legislative process to improve public education. Other award criteria include:

  • a board policy supporting advocacy though board activities
  • a description of the board’s legislative advocacy plan to include:
    • procedures for identifying legislative goals based on SCSBA’s legislative priorities and resolutions
    • roles and responsibilities for the board’s legislative contact (BLC)
    • engaging key contacts around education legislative issues and advocacy
    • message development and delivery with key contacts

SCSBA is a non-profit organization serving as a source of information and a statewide voice for school boards governing the state’s 81 school districts.

Charges against Kershaw county councilman Sammie Tucker were dismissed Tuesday by the third circuit solicitor’s office.  Tucker had been charged with unlawful sale of personal property and charged by the Clarendon county sheriff’s office. According to tucker’s attorney the third circuit solicitor’s office and the Clarendon county sheriff’s office were unable to find any criminal charges that could be pursued.  

The KershawHealth board Monday evening approved a motion that could result in a strategic partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina and Capella Healthcare.  The motion approved gives the board chair, the KershawHealth C.E.O. and attorneys the authority  to negotiate and execute a letter of intent by KershawHealth, the county and M.U.S.C./Capella to lease the real estate and improvements of KershawHealth as well as transfer the personal property of KershawHealth to M.U.S.C./Capella on terms consistent with those that were discussed during an executive session of the KershawHealth board of trustees.  The motion passed with a unanimous vote with two board members absent.

The Lugoff Fire Department will have the honor of escorting Santa Claus through the neighborhoods in Lugoff again this year. Santa will be escorted through different areas of the Lugoff Community each night. Lugoff Firefighters enjoy this event each year so children can have the opportunity to see the “Jolly One” before he comes on Christmas Night.

The Lugoff Fire Department, with funding donated by the Lugoff Firefighters, has been able to host this event for several years as requested year after year by many members of the community. Many kids set out on the front lawns of their home watching for Santa to arrive on the fire truck.

Parents can call the Lugoff Fire Department at 803-438-2553 to find out what day Santa will visit their neighborhood. The tentative schedule, weather and staff permitting, is as follows:

Monday December 15th: US 601 area and US 1/Pepperidge Area

Tuesday December 16th: Boulware Road Area and Conifer Acres Area

Thursday December 18th: Ward/Lachicotte Road Area and US 1 South-Pine Mark/Four Seasons Area

Friday December 19th: Ridgeway Rd/SC 34 Area and Pine Grove Road Area

Saturday December 20th: Make-Up Day for areas missed

Santa will ride through each neighborhood on the fire engine from 6PM to 8PM nightly. Engine drivers will have the red lights activated on the fire truck and carefully use the siren horn to let residents know Santa is riding through. The full schedule is also posted on the website www.lugofffire.com.

Tonight in high school wrestling North Central and Central of Pageland travel to Chesterfield while Camden goes to Lugoff Elgin both of these matches start at 6:00.

Tonight in high school basketball the Camden High Bulldogs will host Lancaster tipoff is set for 6:00.

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at 5:45 its high school basketball as Lugoff Elgin travels to Boonetown to battle North Central.

Friday on Kool 102.7 at 5:45 its high school basketball as the Camden High Bulldogs host the Lugoff Elgin Demons.

 

The Kershaw County Reading Council (KCRC) recently held its annual Reading Teacher of the Year recognition program.

Each school’s reading teacher of the year completed an application which included a recent resume or vitae, a statement of his/her philosophy of reading instruction and a letter of recommendation from their current administrator. An independent panel of current and former K-12 educators from outside of Kershaw County assessed the participants’ submissions based on a scoring rubric to determine the winners.

Molly Eckenroth from Camden Elementary School was named this year’s KCRC Elementary Reading Teacher of the Year and Tammy Small ​from Lugoff-Elgin Middle School was recognized as the Secondary Reading Teacher of the Year.

Eckenroth is a first grade transitional teacher.  She is a member of Camden Elementary’s climate team and previously served on the school’s leadership team. Small teaches English Language Arts and helped write Lugoff-Elgin Middle’s literacy plan.  In addition to serving as a literacy interventionist at her school, Small has served on the district’s strategic planning team for writing.

Jackson School Principal Matia Goodwin was chosen as the 2014 KCRC Reading Administrator of the Year.

Goodwin implemented the High Progress Literacy Classrooms at Jackson, which has provided extensive professional development in literacy for teachers including best practices.  The program also provided at least seven books for each student to have and use for summer reading. She has helped to build classroom libraries and has purchased leveled readers for use in small group instruction and guided reading groups.

This past Friday and Saturday in boy’s middle school basketball the Camden Middle School War Eagles finished four in a twelve team tournament at Long Middle School. Both boys and girls basketball teams at Camden Middle will be back in action tonight as they host Lugoff Elgin. The girl’s game starts at 6:00 with the boys game to follow.

Sunday in women’s college basketball action the number on ranked South Carolina Lady Gamecocks got a last second basket by Asia Wilson to knock off ninth ranked Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Wilson had 10 points 5 rebounds a steal and a block. The Lady Gamecocks record improves to 8-0 on the season.

Sunday in NFL action the Carolina Panthers had breakout game against the New Orleans Saints  as Jonathan Stewart ran the ball 20 times for  155 yards and a touchdown while Cam Newtown was  21 of 33 for 226 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Panthers crush the Saints 41-10. The Panthers record improves to 4-8-1 on the year.

Sunday afternoon in college football the bowls were announced and for the Clemson Tigers it’s a trip to Orlando for the Russell Athletic Bowl against Oklahoma on December 29 at 5:30 while the South Carolina Gamecocks found themselves heading to Louisiana for the Independence bowl against Miami on December 27 at 3:30.

Sunday night in college basketball the Clemson Tigers knocked off 18th ranked Arkansas in overtime 68-65. Rod Hall lead the Tigers with 18 points four rebounds two assist and four steals. Clemson’s record improves to 5-3 on the year.

Friday on Kool 102.7 at 5:45 its high school basketball as the Camden High Bulldogs host the Lugoff Elgin Demons.

Tonight on Kool 102.7 at 6:00 its Sports Talk with Phil Kornblutt.