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.
I love my job. As harried as I can be sometimes, I really do love it. I think long-time readers of this column know that by now -- that I love to write stories about Kershaw County, especially in Camden, which has been my primary beat (along with healthcare) for 14 years. You know that I'm passionate about the S.C. Freedom of Information Act and that I truly believe it doesn't just benefit journalists like myself, but individual citizens like you.
A 23-year-old county man died in a two-car collision in the Cassatt area shortly after noon Saturday when he failed to stop for a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. The collision occurred at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road West and Robinson Town Road, according to Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers.
A proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 presented during the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' Aug. 25 meeting projects an operating loss of a little more than $1.92 million. A total margin loss of approximately $1.69 million is also projected in the proposed budget.
Camden City Council devoted part of its regular meeting Tuesday night to wish Municipal Judge Michael E. Stegner a happy retirement after 20 years on the bench. Camden Mayor Tony Scully read a certificate of appreciation to Stegner and his wife, Neal, that noted Stegner took office on Feb. 1, 1994.
Angel waited patiently outside as Leslie Fender sipped a cup of coffee inside a shop on Broad Street around a quarter to 10 on Tuesday morning. Even with her reins simply dropped on the curb, the well-trained 9-year-old quarter horse filly knew that Fender would come back out to continue their journey to Washington, D.C.
On a split, 6-3, vote, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees, voted at its meeting Monday to approve a new version of its financial assistance, or charity, policy. The new policy will go into effect Oct. 1, the beginning of KershawHealth's fiscal year.
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