Perhaps it's because most of my elementary and junior high school education took place in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. Perhaps it's just the too many years since I moved on from high school and college. Perhaps I just didn't pay attention.
A Circuit Court judge denied bond Wednesday afternoon for a Camden man tied to two fatal home invasions in three years. In August, Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies determined that Randy Lewis, 27 of Bobwhite Circle, Camden -- already being held for his role in the May 16 invasion of a Camden home that left 39-year-old Michael Hayes dead -- was also part of a fatal Nov. 14, 2008, home invasion near the town of Kershaw.
The Camden Police Department (CPD) formally charged Tionese Denise Alexander, 39, Wednesday after arresting her Tuesday for filing a false police report of a felony. Alexander originally claimed she was kidnapped Oct. 15 at gunpoint from the May Plant Credit Union's (MPCU) ATM by a man with a gun and forced to start drive to North Carolina.
For most people, the news came when the lights went out during a bout of high winds Wednesday night. A few minutes later, Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham posted the following information on his Facebook page:
Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics agents arrested a Columbia man on multiple charges after finding him in possession of nearly 2 pounds of marijuana near Elgin.
A woman who said she was kidnapped Saturday morning has now been charged with filing a false police report of a felony.
The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) is petitioning the city of Camden for annexation of its new district offices on West DeKalb Street. The former corporate office of Howden Buffalo is one of the few developed properties on the eastbound side of West DeKalb Street between Springdale Drive and Wylie Street not already in the city limits of Camden.
KershawHealth hopes to earn more than $2.88 million in net income during its 2012 fiscal year which began Oct. 1. The KershawHealth Board of Trustees approved the budget more than a week after the fiscal year began during an Oct. 10 meeting at the healthcare system's Health Resource Center. The board also approved a capital budget -- used for construction, renovations and equipment purchases -- of $8.07 million.
An interesting personal statistic (one I didn't realize until a few days ago): I have been out of the radio broadcasting business for longer than I was in it. I actually passed that landmark more than a year ago. I worked at radio stations, on and off, for 14 years, ending in the summer of 1995. That was 16 years ago. Where has the time gone?
The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a former deputy early Wednesday morning, charging him with first degree criminal sexual conduct with a child under 11 years of age. Sheriff Jim Matthews confirmed that Nakia Karrien Johnson, 36, who currently serves with the Fairfax Police Department in Allendale County, worked as a KCSO deputy from November 1999 to April 2001.
Camden City Council's creation of a nearly 127-acre tax increment financing, or TIF, district is another step closer to reality following a 4-1 vote Tuesday night. The vote came after a public hearing on the proposed ordinance that would establish both a redevelopment plan for the district and its proposed borders.
Deputies arrested a 72-year-old man Saturday night after he allegedly ran his 24-year-old wife off the road near White Pond and Jeffers roads outside Elgin.
The day before gynecologist John Moore saw his last two patients, he heard a patient who had just checked out screaming in the lobby.
Camden residents will get to have their say about whether the city of Camden should create a nearly 127-acre redevelopment project area, which will also be designated as a tax increment financing, or TIF, district.
The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) assisted in the capture of a Columbia man in Marion County and will charge him with kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said he was unsure of exactly what charges 24-year-old Franklin Graham of Columbia may face from other jurisdictions.
I love my job. As harried as I can be sometimes, I really do love it. I think long-time readers of this column know that by now -- that I love to write stories about Kershaw County, especially in Camden, which has been my primary beat (along with healthcare) for 14 years. You know that I'm passionate about the S.C. Freedom of Information Act and that I truly believe it doesn't just benefit journalists like myself, but individual citizens like you.
A 23-year-old county man died in a two-car collision in the Cassatt area shortly after noon Saturday when he failed to stop for a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. The collision occurred at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road West and Robinson Town Road, according to Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers.
A proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 presented during the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' Aug. 25 meeting projects an operating loss of a little more than $1.92 million. A total margin loss of approximately $1.69 million is also projected in the proposed budget.
Camden City Council devoted part of its regular meeting Tuesday night to wish Municipal Judge Michael E. Stegner a happy retirement after 20 years on the bench. Camden Mayor Tony Scully read a certificate of appreciation to Stegner and his wife, Neal, that noted Stegner took office on Feb. 1, 1994.
Angel waited patiently outside as Leslie Fender sipped a cup of coffee inside a shop on Broad Street around a quarter to 10 on Tuesday morning. Even with her reins simply dropped on the curb, the well-trained 9-year-old quarter horse filly knew that Fender would come back out to continue their journey to Washington, D.C.
On a split, 6-3, vote, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees, voted at its meeting Monday to approve a new version of its financial assistance, or charity, policy. The new policy will go into effect Oct. 1, the beginning of KershawHealth's fiscal year.
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