For some time, a number of South Carolina mayors wished they could do even more to represent their cities and towns' interests on the state level. Earlier this year, those mayors decided to do something about.
The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a 46-year-old Lugoff man after he allegedly threatened to shoot an off-duty officer. The man allegedly made the threat Friday morning while the deputy, in plain clothes, was at a West DeKalb Street store.
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.
A 9-year-old boy got to hug and say good-bye to his grandfather at KershawHealth before he died, thanks to the compassion of a nurse presented with the hospital's first-ever DAISY Award on Friday afternoon.
OK, so I'm actually writing this on Friday, but you're reading it Monday, so that's why it's random thoughts for a Monday morning.
In November, voters rejected two referenda put on the ballot by the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) to replace or repair aging schools and other facilities. Now, the district must find ways to maintain those facilities without a $130 million bond or 1 percent sales tax it planned to use to pay for the bond.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will focus on finances in several ways during its meeting tonight at the Health Resource Center in Camden.
Camden City Council will recognize the new Miss Camden and Miss Camden Teen winners for 2015 during its meeting Tuesday evening. Council will honor 2015 Miss Camden Abigail Zvejnieks and 2015 Miss Camden Teen Olivia Loynes, as well as their platforms.
On the 135th day of school, coming up on March 18, Midway Elementary School's projected enrollment should include 359 students in regular classrooms and another six in self-contained classroom. The school's classroom capacity is 400 students.
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