Camden's Bill Byars, currently the director of the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDOC), is "expected to go home soon," according to a SCDOC spokesperson.
While not as earth-shattering as the events of Sept. 11, 2001, I still remember the images of April 16, 2007.
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said he hopes his new four-man traffic unit will be up and running July 6. To begin getting ready for that day, Matthews said, he recently decided to shift around members of his command team to better make use of their strengths.
It started with a recommendation to change the name of the Camden Parks and Streets Commission to the Camden Parks and Trees Commission. That didn't appear to be much of a problem during Camden City Council's work session Thursday afternoon. The only request came from Councilman Willard Polk who wanted to make sure a description of the commission's duties included specific verbiage about city parks.
It was heard or felt in Elgin, Cassatt and Camden Friday afternoon. But exactly what was "it?"
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said the June 16 arrest of a Bethune couple on charges of distributing powder cocaine was the result of numerous tips and complaints from area residents.
Although Camden City Council hasn't officially decided to build a possibly YMCA of Columbia-run recreation center, city officials have already solicited architectural and engineering firms for their qualifications to build the facility.
The house at 1409 Broad St. is officially referred to as The Mathis House. Built around 1810 by Samuel Mathis, the first white man born in Camden, Mathis purchased the land from his brother-in-law and Camden's "father," Joseph Kershaw.
Some members of Camden City Council were caught unawares when asked for their reaction to the city's shutdown of its Facebook page.
Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies assisted Fairfield County deputies in locating an Elgin man wanted for allegedly stealing numerous pieces of furniture from a location known as The Retreat, which appears to be a Fairfield County subdivision.
The city of Camden shut down its Facebook page Friday, leaving several hundred people who had chosen to "Like" the page behind. Suddenly, those friends of the city were no longer receiving updates on Camden events or able to comment on city issues.
It never ceases to amaze me.
On the same night Camden City Council celebrated the city's participation in a national health and exercise initiative, it was also hearing just how strongly some people feel about council's proposal to build and possibly partner with the YMCA of Columbia to operate a new recreation center.
Things were a little confusing at first in the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County's Douglas Reed House Monday night. Some of the 55 people gathered there thought they would be attending a sit-down public meeting about the city of Camden's proposed recreation center and the possibility of it being run by the YMCA of Columbia.
Holding fast to conservative policies is allowing First Palmetto Savings Bank to declare an annual dividend of $2,500 per share of common stock. That, said President Samuel R. Small, is something many banks have not been able to do lately.
KershawHealth will change the way it offers emergency medical services (EMS) by the end of the month. Several EMS stations will move; others will expand. In addition, KershawHealth's ambulances will no longer answer calls for "non-emergent" patients, allowing that service to be picked up by the private sector.
I am man enough to admit that I have cried more than once since the news broke that Robin Williams had died by what local officials said was suicide.
Harold Williams "Bill" Funderburk Jr., a retired attorney and owner of Books on Broad, is Camden's newest municipal judge.
There are 21 bridges that cross bodies of water in Kershaw County owned and, therefore, maintained by the county. Of those, 19 need some level of repair or need to be replaced. In addition, there are two other bridges that are out-of-service that also need to be replaced.
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