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Fourteen years ago, Joe Upchurch decided to honor the memory of a man many considered the county's top deputy. W. Roger Latham, chief deputy at the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) at the time, died suddenly on April 23, 1997.
An Elgin man could face between 25 years to life in prison if convicted on charges he sexually assaulted his juvenile stepdaughter on several occasions.
Austin Jenkins of Camden, a naturalist and instructor at the University of South Carolina-Sumter, said he supports the city's efforts to build a sports complex and have it run by the YMCA of Columbia.
One of several men who escaped from the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) in 2004 -- and who has been jailed several times since -- was recently arrested again after breaking into his common-law wife's apartment in Camden. This time, however, he is being detained at Richland County's Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
The last time I remember reading about something called "K2," it was probably in a National Geographic article referring to the second-highest mountain on Earth after Mt. Everest. In fact, they are part of the same mountain system, although more than 800 miles apart.
By this morning, Kershaw County and the Kershaw County School District should be in possession of the city of Camden's 35-page redevelopment plan. The plan proposes to create a tax increment financing, or TIF, district -- with the city's proposed sports complex as the anchor -- to fund public improvements in the area.
The S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) arrested a former Fairfield County Sheriff's Office (FCSO) deputy who lives in Kershaw County on charges of misconduct in office and breach of trust with fraudulent intent.
Two women moved from one side of Camden's Town Green to the other as rain moved in, stayed for a few minutes and then left only to be replaced by a hot sun. Paddy Bell and Helen Crolley did so Wednesday for four hours, taking the first watch, so to speak, in a campaign to get people to sign another petition concerning the city's proposed sports complex.
The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is warning the public about a synthetic drug known as "K2" or "Spice." Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said Friday that Nicholas Rivers -- the 20-year-old Camden man who took his own life after murdering a Columbia cabbie and leading law enforcement on a three-county chase -- had mental health and substance abuse issues.
An art teacher at Columbia's private Heathwood Hall Episcopal School is out on bond from the Kershaw County Detention Center following his arrest late Sunday night for driving under the influence (DUI).
It's been about three weeks, and Kershaw County Special Services Director Peggy Spivey hasn't received any more calls about a pack of dogs believed responsible for killing two fawns more than a month ago in Camden's historic district.
It's been a long road/Gettin' from there to here.
Claims of dictatorship. Accusations of the suspension of democracy. Counter-claims of failing Camden's children. Assertions that residents have already spoken their minds.
For the first time ever, a tape recorder rolled and Camden's city clerk took notes during a Camden City Council work session Sept. 8. City Manager Kevin Bronson made the decision to do so following inquiries by Councilman Willard Polk and the Chronicle-Independent as to whether the city was violating the S.C. Freedom of Information Act by not recording work sessions.
It will only cost the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) about $5,000 to repair the most critical and hazardous issues at Camden High School's Zemp Stadium. The district plans to begin making those repairs -- and similar ones at Lugoff-Elgin and North Central high schools' stadiums -- during warming weather later this year.
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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