One of the first projects Rick Todd tackled after being appointed Kershaw County's chief magistrate in late April was whittling down a backlog of driving under the influence (DUI) and driving with an unlawful alcohol concentration (DUAC) cases.
Several months ago, the Camden Planning Commission (CPC) heard a presentation by Jay Daniels with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control's Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention. Daniels came to talk about something called "complete streets." The idea, according to Camden City Planner Shawn Putnam, is for a community to have streets that serve as more than just conduits for automobiles.
Well, it wasn't Independence Day for Nikki Haley. Could there have been any harsher repudiation of the governor's agenda and tactics than what happened Wednesday night at the State House?
Carl Mendez, 23, of Lugoff, pled guilty Thursday to being an accessory to murder in the so-called 2009 "ninja" murder case. Mendez, who was originally charged with murder, cooperated with prosecutors and testified during a November 2010 trial that saw one of his co-defendants sent to jail for 45 years for shooting Derick Lee twice in the head. A jury acquitted a third defendant of murdering Lee, described by deputies as a "ninja master."
KershawHealth will spend $1 million to purchase the surgical office of Dr. Ed Gill as part of an agreement to hire Gill as a hospital-employed physician. Gill will leave Sentinel Health Partners to do so.
Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 40-year-old Kershaw man after he allegedly struck a 36-year-old neighbor in the head with an axe handle around 11:30 p.m. Thursday. The assault was reportedly in retaliation for the victim having assaulted a woman.
Camden Planning Commissioner Ronnie Bradley said he had never spoken in front of Camden City Council before. He said he felt he had to Tuesday morning because of what he read in the newspaper: an at times heated discussion over the possibility of dissolving at least two of the city's commissions.
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.
A former mayor and two political newcomers are vying for two seats on Camden City Council during Tuesday's general election. Deborah Davis, Jeffrey Graham and Bob Davis are the three names city of Camden voters will see on the ballot. They seek to fill seats being vacated by councilmen Walter Long and Willard Polk, who announced earlier this year that they are not seeking reelection.
The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is responding to claims of censorship after the owner of a Columbia art gallery issued a press release following the opening of an exhibit in Camden.
Camden City Council will use part of its meeting Tuesday evening to hold a public hearing to gather public input on an ordinance it is considering that would allow the city to issue a no more than $4 million bond. A copy of Tuesday's agenda did not state the purpose would be for the $4 million. City Manager Mel Pearson was unavailable to answer questions by deadline Friday.
In the first of what it plans as a series of meetings held in different parts of the county, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees will hold a meeting tonight in the conference room of the Outpatient/Urgent Care Center at Elgin. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. Trustees and hospital administrators will be on hand one hour before the meeting begins, at 5 p.m., to speak to the public and answer questions on various topics, including KershawHealth's strategic plan.
A Camden man died Saturday afternoon after his SUV drove off the side of McRae Road and caught fire.
Ben Bradlee became editor of The Washington Post the year I was born, 1965. He stepped down when I was 26, in 1991, the year after I moved to the Midlands of South Carolina.
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