Billy Bell is a Korean War veteran who came home and began supporting his fellow veterans by joining the American Legion. For 19 of the many years since, he served as Kershaw County's Veterans Affair officer. He retired Jan. 1 and was honored by American Legion Post No. 17 -- of which he is a member -- in early April.
(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.
The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) wants Kershaw County Council to return to the days when the county used a formula to come up with local funding to the district.
Monday night marked the official 20th anniversary of the Upchurch & Jowers All-County Academic Team program. The insurance agency and Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) annual banquet, held in Bethesda Presbyterian Church's Westminster Hall, looked back at those 20 years while inducting 32 members from the district's three high schools.
South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) will close its Camden office May 29, according to a letter included with customers' most recent bills. The office's address is 205 Sumter Hwy., at the corner of Ehrenclou Drive where South Broad Street becomes Sumter Highway.
The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will continue discussing the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) proposed 2015-16 school year budget Tuesday night. According to a copy of the board's proposed agenda, the discussion will include a line-by-line review of proposed expenditures and updates, if any, on state revenue.
Who would have thought a goofy looking guy with bad teeth from Britain named John Oliver could make us laugh so hard about the insanity of American government excesses, healthcare bureaucracy and even something as seemingly boring as net neutrality?
When Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health -- the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina -- take over operations of KershawHealth, the county's public non-profit hospital will transition to a for-profit operation.
Three U.S. Marshals have been cleared by the 5th Circuit Solicitor's Office in the Dec. 5, 2014, shooting death of Joseph Glenn Folsom at his Blue Heron Lane home on Lake Wateree.
U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents and officers from the Camden Police Department (CPD) entered the Old Armory Steak & Seafood restaurant on Rutledge Street around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday and seized the business.
On March 25, Anna Mazurek was in northern Chile. WiFi service was "pretty sporadic" in places and didn't work at all for two days as the month drew to a close and Anna didn't expect it to for a few more days.
Three people spoke to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees during its April 7 meeting about the possibility of bringing a new set of facility construction and penny sales tax referenda to voters in 2016.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. today. Most of the meeting take place in executive session as trustees go behind closed doors to receive the hospital's annual quality report. The report is allowed to be given in executive session because it includes peer review information coming under the heading of employment matters.
Springdale Plaza has a new owner. In mid-February, ProVest PDQ Sprindale LLC, part of a merger between ProVest Properties, an investment company, and PDQ Properties Corp. Officially, according to a deed filed at the Kershaw County Registrar of Deeds Office, ProVest PDQ paid $10 and "other valuable consideration" to DDR DownREIT LLC, an Ohio limited liability company. DDR used to be known as Developers Diversified Realty Corp.
We journalists are, usually, taught not to use questions as headlines. This time, it's really to ask myself the question: Does convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarvnaev deserve the death penalty?
The Kershaw County Diamonds will host Camden's annual step showcase Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Camden High School gym. The program is sponsored by the city of Camden and The ALPHA Center.
The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees voted Tuesday night to extend Dr. Frank Morgan's contract as the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) superintendent by one year, to June 30, 2017. In a separate vote, the board also unanimously granted Morgan a 1.5 percent salary increase, retroactive to July 1, 2014.
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