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.
A 53-year-old man will spend up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to five counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor and one charge of first degree criminal sexual conduct.
The city of Camden's Municipal Election Commission recently certified a third petition to hold a November referendum on whether to build a sports complex. Commission Chairman Bruce Little reported to Camden City Council during its meeting Tuesday night that of the 1,211 signatures on the petition, 1,037 were found to be valid. That is still more than the 717 required to meet a 15 percent standard of city of Camden registered voters who voted in the last election. Little said the commission certified the petition at its April 13 meeting.
I think Wednesday, April 18, 2012, will be one of those dates I might have a hard time forgetting: the day we said so long to Dick Clark for the last time.
Camden City Council will hold a public hearing during its meeting Tuesday night to receive comments regarding its proposed Fiscal Year 2013 budget. FY 2013 begins July 1. The hearing will be part of council's regular meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. There will be no 4:30 p.m. work session.
Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 50-year-old Camden man April 10 after he allegedly fired a shotgun blast at three juveniles and then threatened the father of two of the boys with a sword.
I have held back on writing about the Trayvon Martin case in Sanford, Fla., a few miles north of Orlando. The fallout from 17-year-old Martin's death at the hands of George Zimmerman has been fraught with charges of police corruption; hand-wringing over Florida's self-defense law; and, of course, racial overtones.
Officials broke ground for Camden City Hall nearly 57 years ago on May 13, 1955. Citizens attended a three-day open house June 1-3, 1956. It cost around $425,000 to build, a very expensive project for the mid-1950s.
Camden City Council passed a non-binding resolution Tuesday night declaring its intent to use the proceeds from the possible future issuance of tax-exempt bonds to pay the city back for work on a proposed sports complex.
SC Yutaka Technologies, an ATV and motorcycle parts manufacturer will close its Lugoff plant June 29, causing 150 employees to lose their jobs. Assistant Vice President of Operations Jim Edwards said the plant is being closed due to "external economic conditions."
KershawHealth, Kershaw County, Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health are extending a letter of intent (LOI) agreeing to a pending $36 million purchase of the county's local healthcare system by one month from Sunday to June 30. That date will, according to a motion made Tuesday night by KershawHealth Board of Trustees Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom, coincide with the projected closing date of the Capella/MUSC Health deal. MUSC Health is the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina.
Nearly three years ago, in November 2012, Amari Williams finished four months in intensive care waiting for and then receiving a new heart. He had been diagnosed six months earlier with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart becomes weak and enlarged, causing it not to pump blood efficiently.
In preparation for work connected to a proposed approved truck route in Camden, the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is requesting a combination of temporary and permanent easements from the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) around Camden High School (CHS).
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will enter executive session at the end of its meeting Tuesday night -- a special meeting due to the Memorial Day holiday -- in part to receive an update and further legal advice on a pending transaction with Capella Healthcare and MUSC Health.
Camden City Council will consider Tuesday whether or not to accept a recommendation by the Camden Planning Commission (CPC) to reclassify Beechwood Plantation's planned development district (PDD) zoning to PDD - Retirement Community.
I don't often get the chance, simply due to my work schedule, but every now and then I like to see what our sister paper in Bishopville, the Lee County Observer, has on its front page.
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