A large crowd from within and beyond the Lugoff community gathered Saturday morning at the Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) to help dedicate two new fire trucks. The event included speeches from local dignitaries and a traditional "hose uncoupling" and wash down. Local businesses also provided food for all and memorabilia for children.
Camden City Council will spend part of its work session Tuesday afternoon reviewing a revised list of names for a steering committee connected to new tourism marketing efforts.
A decision made by the S.C. Supreme Court Wednesday made national headlines ... if you're a journalist, that is. There's a great blog maintained by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ, of which I'm a member) called FOI FYI.
There is a chance that there could be up to 300 new homes in Camden by 2018, just five years away, if U.S. Census and other projections hold up. The statistic -- based on a projected 8 percent increase in housing stock from 2011 to 2018 -- is part of a draft revision of Camden's Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
Friday, more than 80 people crowded into the Camden Archives and Museum to help dedicate the first five benches in the city of Camden's new Leaders Legacy recognition program. City officials moved the ceremony indoors due to a rainy forecast. Luckily, the rain held off long enough for honorees and their families to have their pictures taken at each respective bench outside.
Camden City Council granted $60,000 worth of hospitality taxes to Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site's McCaa Tavern project on a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, but not before a series of heated exchanges during that afternoon's work session.
Camden City Council will vote Tuesday on whether or not to appropriate $60,000 in hospitality taxes toward the restoration of the McCaa House at Historic Camden Revolutionary War Park. Historic Camden originally requested $100,000; council is considering the $60,000 as an initial appropriation with the remaining $40,000 to possibly be granted at a later date.
A very long time ago, I read James A. Michener's novel, Alaska. I was in a period where I thought it was neat to follow the "history" of a place from its earliest geological birth to wherever it was Michener happened to leave off. Alaksa was the last of his novels I ever read and vowed never to go back because -- as the Library Journal reviewed in 1988 -- the "final sections are trite, uneven and overloaded with stereotypes."
Now that the town of Bethune no longer has a police department to fund, it will have a $29,557 surplus on hand for the 2014 fiscal year that started July 1. Bethune Town Council passed third and final reading of the budget at a special June 27 meeting.
With a looming physician shortage -- possibly by as much as more than 130,000 nationally by 2025 -- KershawHealth is looking to shore up its physician recruitment and retention programs. Those efforts were the focus of a presentation by KershawHealth Director of Physician Staffing and Development Cameron Mosier at the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' June 24 meeting. Mosier's presentation included some warnings to the board, including the effects of healthcare reform and major physician shortages.
S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) troopers, in conjunction with the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), Camden Police Department (CPD) and Kershaw County's Community Action for a Safer Tomorrow (CAST), will begin its July 4th weekend enforcement program Wednesday at 6 a.m. Enhanced patrols, checkpoints and other efforts will continue until 12 a.m. Saturday night.
A couple of weeks ago, I enjoyed a nice outing with one of my sisters and my two sons. We went to a Columbia theater -- only to make it easier on my sister -- to see "Man of Steel," the new Superman movie starring British actor Henry Cavill in the titular role. I'm here to highly recommend it and not just because it's a superhero film, a genre everyone knows I like. I'm recommending it because it's a really great movie.
For the first time in five years, KershawHealth will conduct an employee morale survey, thanks to a unanimous vote to do so by the KershawHealth Board of Trustees. The board voted to do so during its general meeting Monday evening following a motion by Trustee Derial Ogburn.
I have said before -- in fact, not that long ago -- that covering tragedies is no fun. This is especially true when the tragedy takes place where you live, or at least close by. When you can say that you either know the people involved, or are friends of their friends, it hits you even harder.
A Lugoff man is in custody for allegedly sexually assaulting and then strangling 18-year-old Briana Rabon to death nearly a week ago. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews announced Friday night that investigators had arrested Stephen Ross Kelly, 21, of Leslie Branham Road, Lugoff. Kelly is charged with murder, kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. During a press conference Saturday morning at the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), Matthews said Kelly is investigators' only suspect.
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