Camden City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve first reading of an ordinance that would authorize the issuance of an up to $4 million bond to pay for renovations at Rhame Arena and pitch in to the construction of a community building at Central Carolina Technical College's proposed expanded campus.
Former Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Capt. David Thomley is dropping his lawsuit against Sheriff Jim Matthews. Thomley lost the Republican nomination to Matthews in 2010, who went on to be elected sheriff in that year's general election. Thomley lost again to Matthews this July when the sheriff beat him in the Republican primary and there were no Democratic contenders.
Stories like this normally open with a phrase about a dream -- its becoming real, the "culmination of" or, even, "something like a." But, the official opening of the Jackson Teen Center (JTC) has more to do with the keeping of a promise.
Being a journalist on election night can be exhilarating, exhausting, confusing, confounding or some combination of all.
Camden City Council will consider two items during its meeting Tuesday night that could save the city money.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet again tonight, and will again use most of an executive session to discuss strategic partnership proposals by two for-profit companies.
Jeffrey Graham, the former mayor of Camden who lost a reelection bid two years ago, will rejoin Camden City Council in December, this time as a councilman. Deborah Davis, currently chair of the Camden Parks and Trees Commission, will take a seat on council for the first time.
About a dozen representatives from Duke LifePoint (DLP) arrived at KershawHealth's Health Resource Center (HRC) late Tuesday morning to propose a possible strategic partnership with the local public hospital. That 10- to 12-strong contingent numbered about twice that of Capella Healthcare, which made a similar presentation to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees on Oct. 27 at the Elgin Outpatient/Urgent Care Center.
(With focus on this year's election coverage, I'm giving myself a break from this week's column. However, here's a somewhat Halloween-related column from 2010 I hope you'll enjoy again.)
If approved by Camden City Council in November, up to $4 million in bonds will be used to help finance the renovation of Camden's Rhame Arena and create a convention center at the Central Carolina Technical (CCTC) campus near I-20 Exit 98. City Manager Mel Pearson revealed the bond issue's purpose as part of a public hearing held during council Oct. 28 meeting.
During the open portion of an Oct. 27 meeting which included an executive session presentation from a possible strategic partner, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees learned it lost approximately $3.5 million during Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. The fiscal year ended Sept. 30; the unaudited $3.5 million figure was revealed in a look at September's financial statement. The board met at its Elgin Outpatient/Urgent Care Center.
(Due to the Chronicle-Independent's error, the party affiliations for Kershaw County Probate Judge candidates Debbie Branham and David Reuwer were reversed in the print and original online versions of this story. The online story has been edited to correctly show that Branham is a Republican and Reuwer a Democrat. Furthermore, this story has been updated with new information noting that Reuwer has previously run for office in Sumter County. The C-I apologizes for and regrets the error.)
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.
KershawHealth generated $1.1 million in operating income in February thanks to collecting a $1.8 million tax debt set-off from a S.C. Association of Counties (SCAC) program. Without the SCAC collection, KershawHealth would have experienced a $700,000 operational loss for the month.
Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health -- the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina -- will have to wait a little longer to take over KershawHealth.
Kershaw County School District (KCSD) officials offered a list of deferred maintenance projects to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees' finance/facilities committee Tuesday. KCSD Director of Operations Billy Smith said the list is based on safety, security, health energy efficiency and other factors.
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