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Lindsay leaving for Richland County

Nelson Lindsay, Kershaw County's economic development director since 1997, has been hired by Richland County to fill a similar position. He will become Richland County's first economic development director.

July 08, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Transition begins for new county administrator

Victor Carpenter officially began work Tuesday as Kershaw County's new administrator. Carpenter said he is excited to be here and is looking forward to getting to know employees, elected officials and needs of the county.

July 06, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Colbert proves campaign laws a joke

Comedian and S.C. native Stephen Colbert has gained national fame from his unique brand of political humor on his Comedy Central TV show "The Colbert Report." His satirist style, however, sometimes crosses over from behind the television screen to the realities of American politics. One of Colbert's most notable forays into politics came in 2008 after he decided to run for president, but only in the S.C. primary. Colbert's intentions were to half-jokingly run as a "favorite son" of the state on both the Republican and Democratic platforms, but he eventually dropped out of the race.

July 06, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Vincent, Watkins ready for fourth terms of office

Kershaw County Treasurer Steve Vincent and County Auditor Robin Watkins officially began new terms Friday after being sworn in by Magistrate Roderick M. Todd Jr. at the Kershaw County Government Center.

July 04, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


KCC reverses salary decision

Kershaw County Council voted 6-1 Tuesday not to increase the vice chairman's and council members' salaries after all.

July 01, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Pledges can prove costly in campaigns

Although Sen. Jim DeMint is not likely to make a run for the presidency in 2012, he is still looking to shape the Republican field toward his brand of Tea Party politics.

June 29, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Safety first for evaluating county vehicles

Each year, Kershaw County officials try to ensure that county vehicles are safe and reliable for their employees. While there is no specific requirement for when the vehicles must come off the road, Assistant County Administrator Allen Trapp said multiple criteria are typically taken into consideration when it comes time to replace older vehicles.

June 29, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Redistricting may change minority districts

Kershaw County Council determined during its work session Thursday that one of the county's two majority African American districts may have to transition to a non-minority district during the upcoming redistricting process.

June 27, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Elgin, Camden, L-EWA deal with drought, heatwave

As the temperature continues to climb and the dog days of summer drag on, residents in Kershaw County are trying to avoid the heat and keep cool.

June 22, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


McIlroy's legacy rests in Augusta

Rory McIlroy cemented his status as one of golf's future stars with his record-setting performance at last weekend's U.S. Open Championship.

June 22, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Wise declined council salary increase

When Kershaw County Council Vice Chairman Sammie Tucker Jr. made a motion to increase the vice chairman's salary and that of other council members, he did not include the chairman's salary. The current chairman, Gene Wise, said that was at his request.

June 20, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


CHS grad to collect, deliver supplies to tornado-torn Joplin

Ashleigh Hough is not your typical high school graduate. Even though she just graduated from Camden High School in May and will attend Clemson University this fall, Hough has plans to travel to Joplin, Mo., June 26 to bring supplies to victims affected by May's deadly tornadoes.

June 20, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Camden


KCC votes 4-3 to increase its salaries

Kershaw County Council members will likely be making several thousand dollars more a year come January if the latest version of the county's budget holds up on third and final reading in two weeks.

June 17, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Huntsman may be hard-pressed to gain traction in S.C.

Potential presidential contender Jon Huntsman, known as a Harley Davidson enthusiast in his home state of Utah, may soon hit the road as an official candidate for the Republican Party, but he'll need more than a shiny motorcycle helmet and a leather jacket to electrify voters in South Carolina.

June 15, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


County to hold 2nd budget reading

Kershaw County Council will be voting on several ordinances during Tuesday's meeting. Council will have second reading on the proposed Fiscal Year 2011-2012 budget. The figure up for voting will be a revised number from the original $23.24 million budget proposal voted for first reading during council's last meeting.

June 13, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


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