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Three Kershaw County School District schools—Camden High, Camden Middle and Lugoff-Elgin High—will compete in the State Championship of Academics at Winthrop University on Thursday, March 19.  The “quiz bowl” matches feature 16 schools from across the state.

As the High School Region champion for Division I, Lugoff-Elgin High School will face Wilson High School in the semi-finals.  Camden High School won the High School Division II Region and will compete against Mid-Carolina High School for its semi-final round.  Camden Middle School—the Middle School Region I champs—will face Indian Land Middle School in the semi-finals.

Semi-final matches will take place in Winthrop’s Withers Building tomorrow starting at 10:30 a.m.; semi-final winners will compete in the finals Thursday afternoon.

Two-time Jeopardy! champion Leland Graham will moderate the academic competitions.

Camden High Quiz Bowl Team

Camden High Quiz Bowl Team

Camden Middle Quiz Bowl Team

Camden Middle School Quiz Bowl Team

Lugoff-Elgin High Quiz Bowl Team

Lugoff-Elgin High Quiz Bowl Team

LAST NIGHT IN HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL LUGOFF ELGIN DEFEATED SPRING VALLEY 7-3 WHILE CAMDEN GOT NINE STRIKE OUTS FROM DEVIN BECKLEY WHO THREW FIVE INNINGS. LAWSON STOKES WENT 2 FOR 3 AT THE PLATE WITH A HOME RUN AS CAMDEN SHUTS OUT LOWER RICHLAND 8-0.

IN HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL LAST NIGHT CAMDEN CRUISED PAST LOWER RICHLAND 23-1 WHILE LUGOFF ELGIN KNOCKED OFF SPRING VALLEY 3-1.

THIS AFTERNOON IN BOYS TENNIS LUGOFF ELGIN TRAVELS TO BLYTHEWOOD FOR A MATCH STARTING AT 6:00, TOMORROW CAMDEN HOST DREHER AT 5:00.

WEDNESDAY IN HIGH SCHOOL GOLF CAMDEN WILL ENTERTAIN LANCASTER AT 5:00.

TONIGHT IN BOYS AND GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD LUGOFF ELGIN AND SPRING VALLEY ARE AT CRESTWOOD THAT MEET WILL START AT 5:30.

IN HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL THURSDAY NIGHT LUGOFF ELGIN GOES TO BLYTHEWOODFOR AT 7:15 FIRST PITCH.

TONIGHT ON KOOL 102.7 AT 6:30 ITS HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL AS THE LUGOFF ELIGN DEMONS WILL HOST THE CAMDEN HIGH BULLDOGS.

During the early morning hours of March 17, 2015, Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Derrick Tywan Shannon (34) following a lengthy vehicle pursuit that occurred in the city limits of Camden. Shannon was ultimately charged with failure to stop for a blue light, possession of cocaine, driving under suspension (3rd offense) and resisting arrest.

At about 2:30 am on March 17, 2015, a DUI grant funded Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office traffic officer was patrolling in the vicinity of Dekalb Street          when he observed that the driver of a dark colored Crown Victoria failed to stop at a stop sign.  The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, Derrick Shannon, fled and led Kershaw County deputies and Camden police officers on a lengthy chase through the streets of Camden. Fortunately, at that time of the morning there was virtually no civilian traffic on the roads.

Shannon eventually pulled into a parking space at an apartment complex, but would not exit his vehicle. Deputies were forced to break out the driver’s side window and forcibly remove Shannon who would not submit to commands. A deputy deployed his Taser at which time Shannon was momentarily incapacitated, allowing officers to subdue and take him into custody.  He was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he awaits a bond hearing.

Shannon has previous arrests for breaking and entering an auto, larceny, burglary (1st degree), possession of stolen auto, criminal domestic violence (multiple counts), driving without a license, operating unregistered vehicle, failure to maintain proof of insurance, criminal sexual conduct (1st degree), assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, malicious injury to personal property, murder and driving under suspension.

“Once again we ask ourselves “why is this man not in prison?” His criminal record and this morning’s chase clearly indicates that he is a danger to our community. The leniency he has been shown in the past has not changed his behavior,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

The Camden Music Association (CMA) and the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) announce the winners of the 2015 Brevard Music Competition. This year’s competition was held at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church where 13 students competed for several opportunities to receive scholarships to further their musical endeavors. The competition and recital is graciously sponsored by Sibby Wood in honor of Sibby’s mother Margaret Beckley Upton.

This year’s participants included Shayla Wallace (piano,) Gabriel Sullivan (marimba,) Jimmie Moran (piano,) Abigail Ruth Watts (piano,) Simmy Singh (saxophone,) William Thompson (piano,) Hannah Marie Gustafson (piano,) Austin Quick (tuba,) Sarah Gustafson (piano,) Brynna Chestnut (violin,) Jonathan Gustafson (piano,) Alex Thompson (violin) and Chandler Brown (marimba.)

The prestigious Margaret Beckley Upton Brevard Scholarship winner was Chandler Brown. Chandler is a student at the prestigious Governor’s School for the Arts located in Greenville, SC. His parents are Tim and Judy Brown from Lugoff. The Fran Shealy Memorial Senior Scholarship was awarded to Simmy Singh. Simmy’s parents are Harbhajan and Balvir Singh. Singh attends Lugoff-Elgin High and studies with Glenn Price. William Thompson was awarded the Junior Scholarship. William is the son of Tony and Tabatha Thompson of Lugoff. He is in the 6th grade and studies under Becky Tafel. Honorable mentions were given to Jimmie Moran,  son of Jim and Shellie Moran of Blythewood who studies with Becky Tafel and Austin Quick (tuba), son of David and Elizabeth Quick. Quick attends Lugoff-Elgin High School and studies under Glenn Price.

The scholarships are named for Margaret Beckley Upton, mother of Sibby Wood, long-time supporter of the FAC; and Fran Shealy, who for many years, taught and influenced excellent piano students throughout Kershaw County, respectively. The Margaret Beckley Upton Brevard Scholarship allows the winner the opportunity to attend six weeks of intensive study at the prestigious Brevard Music Center. The Fran Shealy Memorial Senior Scholarship is a $400 scholarship named for Mrs. Fran Shealy.

• About the Brevard Music Center

Throughout its 71 year history, the heart of the Brevard Music Center has been orchestral performance.  In addition to private lessons, students in the Instrumental Studies program rehearse daily and maintain a regular concert schedule. The faculty numbers more than 60 professional musicians associated with the finest orchestras, colleges and conservatories in the country. Brevard presents more than 80 public concerts each summer. Its students and faculty live and work on a 140 acre wooded campus in western North Carolina.

The High School Division of the Brevard Music Center Institute, held annually, enrolls approximately 180 students ages 14 to 18. There are four programs of study available: Orchestral Studies, Piano, Composition, and Voice. All students receive weekly private lessons from Brevard’s artist faculty; take classes in music theory and literature; may perform solo and chamber music in Brevard’s student recitals; may participate in masterclasses; may attend open rehearsals with world-renowned concert soloists; as well as may attend nearly 80 orchestra, chamber, solo, and opera performances during the summer. For most students in the High School Division the term of study runs six weeks. Pianists and high school singers may attend for either three or six weeks.

For more information, please call Boyd Black, president of the CMA at 803-432-0553, or the FAC at 803-425-7676.  The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County is located at 810 Lyttleton Street in Camden.

The Fine Arts Center is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from both businesses and individuals.

Doby’s Mill Elementary (DME) Principal Ginger Catoe (left) poses with DME librarian Betsy Long after being named 2015 SCASL Administrator of the Year.

Doby’s Mill Elementary (DME) Principal Ginger Catoe makes the library the hub of learning at her school.  Because of that support, the SC Association of School Librarians named her the 2015 SCASL Administrator of the Year.

“Mrs. Catoe makes it clear that it is her expectation that all teachers and students will reap the benefits of the school library,” said DME librarian Betsy Long who nominated Catoe for the award.  “It is evident that she views the biggest classroom in her school as an integral part of student learning.”

Long explained that Catoe supports the library personally by participating in Lunch Bunch book clubs, meeting with children to discuss books and talking about books she has read on the morning show.

“I am completely humbled and honored to receive this recognition,” Catoe said. “As a school administrator and a mommy who loves to read to my own children, I know the importance of teaching children to read. Moreover, I want children to love to read so they can be lifelong readers.  I want them to be ravenous when they choose and read books!”

Long also said that Catoe is supportive of her “off the wall” requests.  “I cannot remember a time that Mrs. Catoe has told me ‘no,’” Long said.  “When I wanted to start a running club, integrating some books about running into the mix, she immediately said, ‘Yes!’ When I wanted to start a morning exercise program for kids based on brain research and data, she did not hesitate to help me get started.  When I asked if I could glue LEGO sheets to the wall to kick off our makerspace, she responded with ‘Sure!’”

A 14-year school administrator, Catoe is no stranger to recognition for her support of reading.  In 2007, she was named “Administrator of the Year” by the South Carolina State Council of the International Reading Association while she was the assistant principal at DME.  That same year, she was also named South Carolina Elementary School Assistant Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and was named the Kershaw County School District Principal of the Year by her peers in 2010.

“Mrs. Catoe absolutely understands that a library is not just a room that houses books,” Long said.  “She embodies the belief that it is the heart of the school.”

North Central area schools will make up the day missed last month for inclement weather on Monday, April 6.  All other schools will have a teacher workday on that day.

Six schools in the North Central area—Baron DeKalb Elementary, Bethune Elementary, Midway Elementary, Mt. Pisgah Elementary, North Central Middle and North Central High—were closed on Feb. 17 due to a loss of electricity and hazardous road conditions from inclement weather.  Other schools in the Kershaw County School District were open that day.

Monday, April 6 was designated on the 2014-15 KCSD calendar as the next possible weather make up day if needed.  Only the six schools in the North Central area will have a regular school day for students and staff on April 6; all other KCSD schools will have a teacher workday on April 6 with no school for students.

John Rainey of Camden, known as philanthropist in the palmetto state, passed away last Saturday after a short illness.  Private burial services took place Sunday in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina.  Rainey sponsored the statues in front of the Camden Archives and Museum  known as “Reconciliation” showing Larry Doby and Bernard Baruch.  Rainey was also the director and treasurer of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and he served on a number of boards and commissions in South Carolina including the Board of Economic Advisors and Santee-Cooper.  He was also known for his support of public broadcasting in South Carolina.

On the morning of Friday March 13, 2015 Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call of shots being fired with one person wounded at a residence in Camden. Deputies and EMS were dispatched to 1614 Fairfax Dr. Camden, SC where they found an African American male with a gunshot wound to his leg.

Investigators were able to determine that at least 10 rounds from a .40 caliber handgun had been fired at the residence. One round struck the victim in the leg and he was transported to Kershaw Health where he was treated and released. Investigators located a vehicle that was believed used in the shooting and we have some persons of interest. However, witness corroboration is needed and the victim and other witnesses were less than cooperative when questioned by investigators.

“SLED is assisting us in this investigation and we are still attempting to elicit information from witnesses to this shooting,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. “This kind of extremely dangerous activity will continue as long as witnesses and the victim refuse to cooperate with law enforcement. We hope that someone who knows something about this will do the right thing and come forward.”

On Saturday March 14, 2015, fire departments and technology centers from all over South Carolina sent Firefighting Explorers and Junior Firefighters to compete in a competition at the South Carolina Fire Academy in Columbia. Crews from Lugoff Fire-Rescue were requested to coordinate the event by the Fire Academy after a successful similar event last year as well as at the SC Firefighter’s Association Conference June 2014. 136 individual Explorers and Junior Firefighters and 15 teams competed at this second-annual event during the annual Southeastern Fire School. While the adult firefighters participated in training exercises, the youth began the day with a bus tour of the entire Fire Academy, enjoyed a free lunch on site sponsored by IFSTA, and began the competition after lunch. The youth competed in individual gear donning, team gear donning, and team hose deployment scenarios using team leaders from the respective departments as judges. Statisticians from the Academy and outside departments were brought in to total the scores while the youth finished the competition Saturday afternoon. Also on hand for the Explorer event was the SC LLR Director Richele Taylor, the SC State Fire Marshal Bert Polk, and the SC Fire Academy Superintendent Ken Kerber.

Lugoff Explorers ended up winning big by the end of the day; taking home the first-place State Team Hose Deployment trophy. Explorer Amber Terry brought home second-place for the fastest Female Gear Donning. The Lugoff Explorers also brought home second-place in the Team Gear Donning. All winners received a trophy and medallion. All Explorers and Junior Firefighters from around the state will now begin preparing for the June 11, 2015 competition at the SC Firefighter’s Association annual training conference in Myrtle Beach. Lugoff Fire-Rescue crews will be coordinating that event again this year as well as the adult competition to be held the same afternoon. More information about this competition can be found at www.scfirefighters.org.

“This was the second-annual Explorer and Junior Firefighter competition at Southeastern Fire School and it was a tremendous honor for our staff to coordinate this event as well as participate and represent Lugoff Fire-Rescue on the state level. All the teams and youth did a fantastic job of competing professionally and the turnout was tremendous. We really enjoyed fellowshipping with everyone from around the state. I commend all the Lugoff Fire-Rescue staff assigned to help with this event for a well-organized and executed event as I continue to receive positive feedback from departments around the state. I also appreciate Rick Dunn and staff at the South Carolina Fire Academy for working alongside us from the Fire Academy to make sure this event was safe and successful. And, of course, I am very proud of our Explorer members and what they have accomplished after all of their hard work” Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis Ray stated.

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