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The 2016 Toys for Tots season will be starting soon and right now the Marine Corps Reserve needs someone to donate the use of a building or house to be a receiving and distribution point for toys for tots.  The Marine Corps Reserve needs a building or house with twelve hundred square feet from September 1st through December 31st.  If you can help you can call Wayne Farmer at 803-669-9755.  In recent years over six hundred children have received toys through the toys for tots campaign.  All toys collected in Kershaw County will stay in Kershaw County.

Filing for Camden municipal elections will close Friday at twelve noon.  Camden municipal elections will take place in November during the general election.  So far two people, Laurie Parks and Alfred Mae Drakeford have filed as candidates for mayor of Camden and two people, Stephan Smoak and John Moncure have filed for seats on Camden city council.

The Camden police are searching for a suspect who has engaged in a practice called “stringing,” where a bill with tape is put in a coin operated  causing it to provide change without    taking in cash.  In one case the suspect was able to get $20 out of a vending machine and in the other case the suspect was able to get $250 out of a vending machine.  The Camden police have been provided with security footage from the machines and are  continuing to investigate.

Kershaw County American lost Monday evening to York in the Dixie Boys All-Star tournament by a score of 5 to 4.

The major league All-Star break is this week.  The Atlanta Braves will play again this Friday when they met the Colorado Rockies.

Sunday night in the Dixie Boys All-Star Baseball tournament in York, Kershaw County American defeated Kershaw County National 15 to 8.  Tonight Kershaw County American will take on York.  You can hear the game on KOOL 102.7 with airtime set for 6:45pm.

The major league All-Star break is this week.  The Atlanta Braves will play again this Friday when they met the Colorado Rockies.

On July 9, 2016 at about 4:00 am a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit deputy arrested Dayton Lee Rock (18) who lives on Sherwood Court Lugoff, SC and charged him with driving under the influence. During a post-arrest search of Rock’s vehicle the deputy located numerous items that appeared to have been stolen. Further investigation resulted in Rock being charged with 3 motor vehicle break-ins in Lugoff.

“Thanks to an alert traffic officer, several auto break-ins were solved before the car owners even knew they had been victimized,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.  “It appears this wasn’t Dayton Lee Rock’s first time breaking into cars.  He is currently out on bond for previous auto break-ins in Camden that occurred in January 2016.”

At about 4:00 am on July 9th, a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office traffic unit officer was ending his tour of duty for the night when he observed a gray Hyundai stopped in the middle of Hunter’s Point Dr. in Lugoff with the lights out, engine running and Dayton Lee Rock behind the wheel. The deputy noticed numerous items around the vehicle on the street and determined they had apparently been thrown out of Rock’s car. Further investigation determined that these items as well as other items in Rock’s vehicle had been stolen from 3 unlocked trucks in the nearby Middleton subdivision in Lugoff earlier in the morning.

After Rock was advised of his rights, he admitted to breaking into trucks in the Middleton subdivision. Rock advised the officers that he only broke into unlocked trucks because they usually contained money and guns. A KCSO investigator is attempting to determine the owners of other items that had been stolen, but that were not claimed by the victims in the three auto break-ins. Additional charges against Rock are likely.

Beginning around 3 PM on Thursday July 7th, Lugoff Fire-Rescue crews began a series non-stop responses from a variety of calls. Crews were called to US 601 close to the Richland County line for a reported yard fire close to a residence. Lugoff Fire-Rescue units Marshal 1, Chief 1, Rescue 10, and Brush 10 arrived to find very heavy black smoke coming from the area with two sheds and around one acre of woods burning while being spread from moderate winds. Crews began working quickly to stop the fire from reaching the residence. The fire spread quickly into the woods engulfing 6 acres before brush trucks and the SC Forestry Commission could contain the fire. Crews from Doby’s Mill, Blaney, Pine Grove, and Columbia Fire Departments were involved in stopping the fire. The resident was home and was not injured. The SC Forestry Commission is investigating the cause of the fire.

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Around 4 PM, the National Weather Service in Columbia issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Northwestern Kershaw County while crews were fighting the woods fire. Some crews were released to cover the Lugoff District with the storm approaching. Crews ran 8 separate calls during the storm with power lines down and trees falling into the roadway and onto other power lines. Crews from Pine Grove and Lugoff Fire Departments as well as the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Dept. blocked roadways to protect drivers from downed power lines until utility companies from Fairfield Electric and Duke Progress could respond.

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Just after 5 PM while crews were working storm damaged areas, Lugoff crews were dispatched to Lachicotte Road near Bradley Street for a downed power line at a home with smoke seen by neighbors coming from the roof area. Lugoff Battalion 1 arrived to find light smoke coming from the attic area of the home and a strong smell of burning wood around the home. Lugoff Engine 10 firefighters arrived and entered the home to find smoke inside. The power weather-head into the residence had been pulled away from the home from a falling tree limb causing a fire under the home. Fire damage was contained to underneath the home with smoke damage inside the home and in the attic area. Lachicotte Road was closed from fire trucks and a large-diameter hydrant line for over an hour. Crews left the scene around 6:45 Thursday evening and no one was at home at the time of the fire. Fire crews from Blaney, Pine Grove, and Columbia Fire assisted Lugoff crews during the incident. Lugoff crews cleared all calls from the storm around 11 PM Thursday evening. Firefighters surveyed the Lugoff Fire District on Friday morning to find other damaged areas and homes from the storms to include a home and vehicle severely damaged from a falling tree on Park Drive in Lugoff. Lugoff firefighters assisted the homeowner on Park Drive to clear the driveway and yard from the debris so a vehicle could be removed and used in the carport.

“Our resources in Lugoff were quickly stretched to the limit with numerous calls for service in a short period of time from a combination of the fast-moving woods fire with a home threatened on 601 to the storm damage then the house fire on Lachicotte. Everyone pulled together and worked very well making sure all the calls were answered. There were no injuries during all the events, even in the extreme heat and storm dangers; we are very thankful for that. We appreciate all of our partner county stations and Columbia Fire for coming to Lugoff and aiding us. We could not ask for a better response.” Lugoff Fire-Rescue Chief Dennis Ray stated.

To make things worse, Public Safety communications were much more difficult during all of the calls when the 800 MHz Communications System lost full trunking operations between communication towers making communications between fire crews and dispatch spotty. Lugoff crews used alternative repeater channels to communicate with staff during the calls while directing all communications with dispatch through one Incident Commander. Repairs were made to the system by Friday morning by AT&T phone crews and the system was back to normal. “It got to the point where I asked myself ‘what is going to happen next?’ ; three more severe storms later I got my answer. We were glad to see the storms move off so we could recover and re-load our trucks to get back to normal operations” Chief Ray stated.

The Dixie Boys All-Star baseball tournament gets underway this weekend in York, S.C.  KOOL 102.7 will broadcast the games live.  Kershaw American will take on Lancaster Saturday at 6pm and Kershaw National will take on York at 8pm.  You can hear both of those games on KOOL 102.7 with airtime set for 5:45pm.

The Atlanta Braves take on the Chicago White Sox this evening. You can hear the game on KOOL 102.7 with airtime set for 6:55pm.

FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has denied the request by Duke Energy for a fifty year license to manage the Catawba/Wateree river basin instead deciding to leave Duke with a forty year license.  The forty year license was granted last November but Duke had sought an additional ten years  saying the utility would spend $18 million a year to install and operate environmental measures such fish passages around dams.  The company said the expense merited a longer license.  With a fifty year license Duke said it would double the amount of money it would donate to state agencies to purchase land for conservation.