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.
Some members of Camden City Council were caught unawares when asked for their reaction to the city's shutdown of its Facebook page.
Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health -- the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina -- will have to wait a little longer to take over KershawHealth.
Kershaw County School District (KCSD) officials offered a list of deferred maintenance projects to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees' finance/facilities committee Tuesday. KCSD Director of Operations Billy Smith said the list is based on safety, security, health energy efficiency and other factors.
From 1999 to 2006, I tuned in to every episode of "The West Wing" starring Martin Sheen. It was one of the smartest shows I've ever watched with a superb cast and excellent writing. Like every television show, it had its ups and downs. Its detractors felt it was too idyllic and -- being an Aaron Sorkin product, like "The Newsroom" in more recent years -- too preachy.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will receive a financial report from Executive Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch. Bunch will also bring forward a request for the hospital to purchase equipment.
Kershaw County residents will have another chance to vote on a pair of school construction-related referenda in November 2016. Exactly what form those referenda will take is yet to be seen.
For a newly formed drill team, the Camden Military Academy (CMA) Blackjacks Pershing rifle drill team is quickly rising to the top. In November 2014, it became the first-ever high school Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unit to lay a wreath at U.S. Gen. John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing's grave at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C.
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