(The online version of this story corrects the date of Camden City Council's next meetings. Both work session and regular meeting will be held on June 12, not June 5 as originally published.)
On April 30, about 30 Camden and Kershaw County elected officials, candidates for office, school district officials, business owners and others traveled to Rock Hill. The goal: learn more about how the former textile town transformed itself into a sports tourism destination.
The tough news came down Thursday morning: two more major American newspapers were cutting staff and cutting back on print editions: the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune and The Birmingham (Ala.) News.
City of Camden residents visiting the city's website can read and email comments about a proposed ordinance to transform the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC) into a Board of Architectural Review (BAR). Camden City Council looked at the proposal and discussed it during a work session Tuesday afternoon ahead of its regular evening meeting.
The ALPHA Center in Camden is sending out a warning to parents about two new trends it is seeing among county youth: smoking Smarties and something called the "Cinnamon Challenge."
My wife told me to write this column -- not that I wouldn't have written it on my own, eventually -- but, men, we all know we should do what the wife says, right?
For half my life, I've wondered why in the world we still elect sheriffs in this country. I began wondering about that while working for a radio station 25 years ago in Dahlonega, Ga. Dahlonega sits in the -- no offense to anyone from there -- unfortunately named Lumpkin County.
A woman who once ran for Camden City Council and a Camden woman who plans a return to a pediatric practice will represent the city's interests on the new Kershaw County Capital Projects Sales Commission.
Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) narcotics investigators seized 9 kilograms -- or nearly 20 pounds -- of high grade cocaine April 29. The KCSO worked with S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on the seizure during which three people were arrested. Sheriff Jim Matthews declined to name those arrested or exactly where the operation took place because of an ongoing DEA investigation into the matter.
One week ago, a group of 25 Camden and Kershaw County leaders, business owners and others visited Rock Hill to see how that city transformed itself from a dying textile town to a sports tourism destination. The group -- including members of Camden City Council, candidates for city council and representatives from the Kershaw County School District -- visited sites such as Manchester Meadows (soccer), Cherry Park (baseball/softball) and Rock Hill Tennis Center. They also visited the new Riverwalk/Rock Hill Outdoor Center, which already sports a velodrome for Olympic-style cycling and, when completed, will have other amenities, including a YMCA.
Camden City Council will consider naming two city of Camden citizens to the Kershaw County Projects Sales Tax Commission. Kershaw County Council already named Camden's Woody Cleveland and Don Terrell, along with county resident Ray McElveen to the commission. The two citizens named by city council will have the task of choosing the last member from either Bethune or Elgin.
Every now and then, we clear out the cobwebs of our lives. My mother's been going through this for a while now and, as she did, came across this 25-year-old letter from me. It appears typed, since it includes hand-written edits in my handwriting. I thought it would be fun to share, since it not only offers me a bit of self-reflection, but a peek at life back in the '80s.
Rock Hill in York County may have 10 times Camden's population in three times the geographic size, but it may be a success story for Camden and Kershaw County to emulate. That's why about 25 local leaders -- city council members, staff and other officials; candidates for city council; school district officials; county officials; business owners and others -- got on a bus at 8 a.m. Monday and headed north to the "Gateway to South Carolina."
I happen to think Kershaw County is a pretty great place to be. If I didn't, I probably wouldn't be living here.
Another symptom of the economy, hospitals across the country are experiencing a higher number of drug shortages on a more frequent basis. KershawHealth can experience those shortages, too, but has processes in place that, in effect, keep patients from really even noticing.
Andrea Wind, daughter of Lugoff Ford, Lugoff Toyota and Carolina Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram owner Mark Mason, recently founded Lighthouse for Life, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to combating sex trafficking through "education, restoration and empowerment," according to the organization's website.
Saturday night, a number of basketball players spent a few hours on the Camden High School's (CHS) basketball court playing five-on-five games to raise money for the Kershaw County Community Medical Clinic (CMC). The highlight of the evening: a game between members of the CHS' 2009 state championship basketball team and a team made up of other CHS basketball alumni. The alumni came out on top, narrowly defeating the 2009 team 38 to 36 after two 20-minute periods.
During those times when it gets positively frigid here in Kershaw County -- say, 9 degrees when I woke up Friday morning -- I often tell people, "This isn't why I moved down South."
Kershaw County School District (KCSD) seniors and other students are receiving high school or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) at the highest rate ever in the district's history. According to information provided by KCSD Director for Student Assessment Lavoy Carter to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees during its Feb. 17 meeting, 90.7 percent of students graduate in four years and 93.5 percent graduate in five years. Carter said the district's goal is to have all district students earn either a high school diploma or GED.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet tonight in Bethune as part of its quarterly commitment to meet in off-site locations around the county. The meeting will start at 6 p.m., be held in the Bethune Recreation Center and is open to the public.
It's not a done deal, but there appeared to be consensus Tuesday night among members of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees to bring a pair of construction-related referenda back to voters in November 2016. If trustees ultimately do so, athletic improvements could be taken out of the equation, but still lead to some schools being closed for consolidation.
Miss P became only the second beagle in history to win Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Show. The win came Tuesday after a late-night 20-minute-long decision by a judge who favored the 4-year-old beagle over the crowd favorite Old English sheepdog. Winning must run in the blood. Miss P is the grandniece of the first beagle to do so: Uno, who won in 2008.
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