Filing for this year's primaries and general election closed Wednesday at noon, setting up the races for most of the political field. The one exception is Camden City Council, for which candidate filing does not officially open until July 1. So far, current councilwomen Alfred Mae Drakeford and Laurie Parks have announced they are running for the mayor's seat being vacated by Tony Scully. Drakeford and Parks are, effectively, giving up their seats on council to run for mayor. No one has yet announced their intention to run for the two city council seats.
On March 3, 2011, the S.C. General Assembly adopted a joint resolution of the state House and Senate honoring M. Andrew "Andy" James for his 34 years of "outstanding service" to the people of South Carolina.
Today, voters in Kershaw County Council District 1 are choosing who they want to replace Willie Mickle, who resigned in November 2015 citing issues with state insurance benefits. Up for the seat are Republican Al Bozard and Democrat Bobby Gary, who won their respective primaries in February to face each other in today's special election. In the Feb. 9 primaries, Bozard defeated fellow Republican George Harkins while Gary -- who held the District 1 seat prior to Mickle -- defeated Democrat Art Graham.
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Less than a month ago, Kershaw County Council approved third and final reading of an ordinance rezoning 5.18 acres of land along U.S. 1 from rural to general development in order to facilitate the proposed construction of a Family Dollar store. The parcel, which has a Cassatt address is approximately half-way between Camden and Cassatt.
A 39-year-old man found guilty by a jury Friday of incest and criminal sexual conduct will spend the better part of 30 years in prison. A circuit court judge sentenced James Wayne Miller to consecutive 10- and 20-year sentences for sexually assaulting his own daughter for more than a year during 2011 and 2012. He will have to serve at least 85 percent of the 30 years before he is eligible to be released from prison.
Just like all other 3rd through 8th grade students in the Kershaw County School District (KCSD), special needs students in those grades will take two new standardized tests this year. Unlike for other standardized tests, however, special needs students -- in fact, any student with an Individual Education Program (IEP) -- will not be allowed some of the accommodations they normally have while taking them.
Near the end of Kershaw County Council's Feb. 9 meeting, Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter announced the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had reviewed a study commissioned and paid for in part by the county on Lake Wateree elevations and their impact on flood insurance. Carpenter said at the time FEMA agreed changes needed to be made which could mean the owners of approximately 600 lots in Kershaw County would no longer be required to purchase flood insurance. He said it would take between 16 and 24 months to finalize the change.