I didn't really mean to write about Gov. Nikki Haley again after last week's criticism of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control's decision to grant a permit to the state of Georgia to dredge part of the shared Savannah River. I rarely write about the same person or topic twice in a row, but I can't keep quiet on Haley's decision to crack down on Occupy Columbia's, er, occupation of the State House grounds at night.
The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a 30-year-old man early Friday morning on extortion charges after faking his kidnapping Thursday. Sheriff Jim Matthews said Christopher List Hutto, 30, of Upper Pond Road, Elgin, faked the kidnapping in order to extort money from his mother in order to buy crack cocaine.
Few people attending a two-day charrette on a proposed "road diet" for Broad Street between York and DeKalb streets like the way Camden's main street looks today. More people participating in the series of meetings chose a recent photograph of Broad Street -- four lanes of black pavement with little landscaping features -- as the third-most unappealing photograph out of a series of approximately 30 streetscapes.
After letting out one of his hearty laughs, Camden City Councilman Pat Partin simply said, "No."
Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 22-year-old Greenville man on a motorcycle following a chase Friday where speeds got up to 131 mph hour on I-20. Sheriff Jim Matthews identified the man as Joshua Damian Boyter, 22, of Cherokee Drive in Greenville.
Some 40 people crowded into one of Newman Furniture's former downtown homes Monday night to hear first-hand -- and respond to -- some of the ideas for putting a section of Broad Street on a "road diet." First proposed within Duany Plater-Zyberk's (DPZ) 2008 vision plan for Camden, the basic idea is to calm traffic on Broad Street between DeKalb and York streets by narrowing the U.S. highway from four lanes to two and, possibly, introduce angled parking. A summary meeting was scheduled for Tuesday night in the same location at 6 p.m.
The chance of someone getting the wrong medication while being treated at KershawHealth could be greatly reduced in the next three years thanks to new technology the health care system is purchasing.
Late Thursday, I read the news that the man Gov. Nikki Haley narrowly beat in 2010 -- Camden's own State Sen. Vincent Sheheen -- was calling for the entire S.C. Board of Health and Environmental Control's resignation. The board oversees the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).
A note and a 911 call led to the grisly discovery of an apparent murder-suicide in Camden at a home on Wateree Boulevard Wednesday afternoon. Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers positively identified the victims as Nancy Patricia Stone, 47, and her estranged husband, Reginald E. Stone, 44.
Camden City Council must now decide if it will place a referendum on city ballots asking if residents want the city of Camden to proceed with plans to construct a possibly YMCA of Columbia-run sports complex.
The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and House of Bread Food Ministry are asking for help not only with figuring out who stole $250 worth of meat but with replacing the food as well. House of Bread is located at 2249 Jefferson Davis Highway in east Camden and is a ministry of East Camden Church of God.
Camden City Council will officially consider Tuesday annexing the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) new offices on West DeKalb Street. Council accepted the district's petition in mid-October, sending it on to the Camden Planning Commission for review. The commission did so at its Oct. 26 meeting, returning it to council for formal consideration.
On Oct. 25, Camden City Council, 4-1, passed second reading and final adoption of an ordinance designating a redevelopment project area tied to the creation of a tax incremental financing (TIF) district. The district, a 127-acre area along West DeKalb Street, will now be targeted for redevelopment by the city in the hopes of spurring private investors to do the same. An "anchor" of the TIF district is the proposed construction of a sports complex that may be managed by the YMCA of Columbia.
I admit it.
Clear blue skies and only slightly chilly breezes greeted visitors to Camden's Town Green at noon Thursday for a tree dedication ceremony. The ceremony also served as a thank-you to those who donated trees to the Green.
Six Baltimore, Md., police officers are facing charges in the death of Freddie Gray, an African-American resident who died a week after suffering a spinal cord injury while being arrested April 12.
The Kershaw County School District's proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-16 budget shows a modest 2.4 percent increase from the current FY 2014-15 budget. The proposal calls for a balanced $74.83 million budget, up from almost $73.1 million in the current fiscal year.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday night to hold off on nominating members of what will become an advisory board to Capella Healthcare until after the Franklin, Tenn., company closes on its pending lease/purchase of the hospital. The board also voted unanimously to extend an offer to an undisclosed candidate to become executive director of the Kershaw County hospital district.
Hundreds of kids in Camden enjoyed flag football, a waterfowl weekend and more during Summer 2014, thanks to The ALPHA Center, the Jackson Teen Center (JTC) and those offering their moral and financial support.
Thirty-one students graduated as the Junior Leadership of Kershaw County Class of 2015 during a banquet April 23 at the Robert Mills Courthouse. The banquet capped off a school year full of activities for the juniors and seniors from Camden, Lugoff-Elgin and North Central high schools and Camden Military Academy (CMA).
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