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Santorum campaign swings through Camden

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum visited Camden Wednesday as part of a push through South Carolina aimed at raising cash and name recognition for the former Pennsylvania senator.

September 23, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Politics


County VA office stays up-to-date to help vets

For nearly 20 years, Kershaw County Veterans Affairs (VA) Officer Billy Bell and his assistant, Barbara Ray, have strived to help veterans in the community.

September 21, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Military


Power of endorsements difficult to gauge

In presidential politics, endorsements are a prize candidates seem to covet, but don't necessarily need. On the rare occasion, however, a presidential backer can give a candidate that extra boost required to finish off the competition or a killer blow that eventually stymies a campaign.

September 21, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


KCC closer to setting millage rate

Based on preliminary property value calculations, the millage rate for Kershaw County is unlikely to be raised, according to County Auditor Robin Watkins. Watkins presented those calculations to Kershaw County Council at its meeting Tuesday.

September 16, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Manning's legacy remains strong despite lack of Super Bowl success

Without even taking a snap during the opening weekend of the NFL season, Peyton Manning's name might have been mentioned more than any other player hitting the field Sunday. Even as this year's first overall draft pick Cam Newton was setting a new rookie passing record against the Arizona Cardinals, Manning's name still popped up as he had previously set the mark during his debut 14 years ago.

September 14, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Group aims to build literacy as tool for life

Kershaw County and Camden city councils designated September as National Literacy Month, and volunteers with the Kershaw County Literacy Association (KCLA) hope the community becomes more aware of the organization's programs and goals.

September 14, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Education


County looks to modify meeting rules

Kershaw County Council could change the way it handles some of its business if it approves an ordinance to be taken up on first reading Tuesday. Council discussed the procedural changes at its work session Thursday.

September 12, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Pirate ship pulled from Wateree River

The Wateree River Pirates have likely taken their final voyage. Only weeks after constructing a 50-foot-long, pirate-themed boat for use along the Wateree River, Matt McCaskill and Colt Shirley were forced to take apart the ship they essentially built from scratch.

September 09, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Miscellaneous


Biomass plant construction begins this month

Following nearly a year of development, Southeast Renewable Energy (SRE) will begin construction of a biomass plant in Cassatt this month, according to SRE's president and CEO, Raine Cotton.

September 07, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Rubio's time in the spotlight hinges on VP decision

As the race for the White House heats up for the Republican Party, the behind-the-scenes search for the GOP's vice presidential nominee is undoubtedly underway as well.

September 07, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Food vendor hopes to make splash on Lake Wateree

The idea of testing the waters now has new meaning with the opening of Camden native Alan Massebeau's hot dog business on Lake Wateree. For five years, Massebeau sold hot dogs and various other snacks from a boat on the waters of Sandy Island, but he has returned to his hometown in hopes of establishing a similar operation on Lake Wateree

September 02, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Business


Interviews begin soon for new economic director

Kershaw County is one step closer to hiring its first new economic development director in 14 years. The position became vacant Aug. 8 after the office's last director, Nelson Lindsay, took a similar position in Richland County.

August 31, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Changing of the guard looms in men's tennis

With the U.S. Open starting this week, tennis fans are reminded once again of the long winless streak facing American players in the men's draw.

August 31, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


5 Questions with...

Q: How much of an impact has the United Way had on the community?

August 29, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Woman killed in I-20 accident

A Charlotte woman was killed in a collision Thursday evening on I-20 near mile marker 96 in Kershaw County.

August 29, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Crime-Police-Fire


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