And so we come to the middle of the year gone by -- the months of May, June, July and August 2013. What was the big news? Flooding, the transformation of a former school, Bethune's police department, KershawHealth's financial struggles and the saddest, but not entirely unpredicted end to a story of a missing teenager from Columbia.
A detainee at the Kershaw County Detention Center allegedly struck another detainee and a female corrections officer on Dec. 26.
Isn't that a great cartoon by Ariail up there? I love how Baby New Year's coming in on a drone, taking a selfie as Old Man 2013 looks on incredulously. It's inspiring, even ... at least to someone who needs to write an end-of-the-year column.
Whether it was Bethune, Camden, Elgin or Kershaw County, councils of the city, town and county variety grabbed headlines throughout 2013, including during the early months of the year.
The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) arrested a Georgia man on drug charges following a shooting incident at a Lugoff hotel. KCSO deputies have not been able to directly tie the man to the shooting.
Someone shot out the window to a GMC Yukon as its owner was traveling on Chestnut Ferry Road Ext.
A Leesville man died in Kershaw County when he lost control of his motorcycle Saturday evening.
At the end of past years, I've picked out a person or group of the year, sometimes both. This year, I'm not so much highlighting a group as I am an organization. Really, what I'm doing is recognizing the year's biggest story.
Kershaw County currently has no plans to develop or otherwise use a 122-acre piece of property associated with Liberty Hill Farms the county controls. The Conservation Fund, a national non-profit dedicated to preserving natural resources, recently purchased a more than 3,500-acre site once known as the Singleton Creek Tract from Greenwood Communities and Resorts Inc. for $9.187 million.
A more than 10-year-old dream of State Sen. Vincent Sheheen's is coming true.
KershawHealth's new interim chief executive officer (CEO) says the healthcare organization needs to reestablish relationships with physicians and the trust of the people of Kershaw County in order to succeed in the future. Terry Gunn, who took over as interim CEO two weeks ago, made the statement as part of a report to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees during its meeting Tuesday evening.
As we approach the end of 2013, I thought about those who have left us -- those whose deaths are notable either because of who they were or the circumstances of their passing. While everyone notes the passing of luminaries, what about the people we've lost this year in Kershaw County? My list is not long, although there were certainly a lot of obituaries to go through; some even made the front page.
Camden City Council spent two hours during its Dec. 10 work session hearing Arnett Muldrow's initial tourism marketing plan recommendations. In this second of two reports on that presentation, the C-I looks at the Greenville-based firm's suggestions concerning organization and funding, data collection and analysis, and the questions asked and concerns raised by council members and others during the meeting.
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lowered its long-term rating to 'BBB-' from 'BBB' on South Carolina Jobs Economic Development Authority's $19.6 million series 2008 hospital revenue bonds issued for KershawHealth. The outlook is negative.
It's not every day that a furniture store manager can say their company spent $350,000 -- a little more, actually -- to give their retail space a facelift both inside and out. That's the estimate Kimbrell's Furniture Manager Ann Bass gave earlier this week of how much the company invested in exterior façade and extensive interior upgrades.
I love my job. As harried as I can be sometimes, I really do love it. I think long-time readers of this column know that by now -- that I love to write stories about Kershaw County, especially in Camden, which has been my primary beat (along with healthcare) for 14 years. You know that I'm passionate about the S.C. Freedom of Information Act and that I truly believe it doesn't just benefit journalists like myself, but individual citizens like you.
A 23-year-old county man died in a two-car collision in the Cassatt area shortly after noon Saturday when he failed to stop for a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. The collision occurred at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road West and Robinson Town Road, according to Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers.
A proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 presented during the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' Aug. 25 meeting projects an operating loss of a little more than $1.92 million. A total margin loss of approximately $1.69 million is also projected in the proposed budget.
Camden City Council devoted part of its regular meeting Tuesday night to wish Municipal Judge Michael E. Stegner a happy retirement after 20 years on the bench. Camden Mayor Tony Scully read a certificate of appreciation to Stegner and his wife, Neal, that noted Stegner took office on Feb. 1, 1994.
Angel waited patiently outside as Leslie Fender sipped a cup of coffee inside a shop on Broad Street around a quarter to 10 on Tuesday morning. Even with her reins simply dropped on the curb, the well-trained 9-year-old quarter horse filly knew that Fender would come back out to continue their journey to Washington, D.C.
On a split, 6-3, vote, the KershawHealth Board of Trustees, voted at its meeting Monday to approve a new version of its financial assistance, or charity, policy. The new policy will go into effect Oct. 1, the beginning of KershawHealth's fiscal year.
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