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KCC looks to fill shell building

When Kershaw County Council signed a deal in 2007 with Progress Energy to construct an empty, ready-to-use shell building on Black River Road, the intention was to attract new business to the county and pay off the project's cost of $400,000 by Aug. 30, 2010.

August 12, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Perry's positives may play poorly past Palmetto State

Republicans in South Carolina may soon be in line for a love affair with Texas Gov. Rick Perry. That is, if he decides to run for president. So why would South Carolina voters like him? Well, for one, he's not Mitt Romney. Perry is a cotton farmer's son who speaks with a ton of Texas twang, while Romney is an Ivy League-educated "Yankee" from Massachusetts.

August 10, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Wilburn Baker

Funeral services for Wilburn Hazel Baker, 80, of Camden, will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, with burial to follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Wayne Flowers will officiate. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.

August 10, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Obituaries


KC Farmers Market spotlighted

Kershaw County plants, fruits and vegetables will get their proverbial place in the sun this month as the city of Camden and Kershaw County have proclaimed August as "Farmers Market Month." The announcement coincides with Gov. Nikki Haley's similar recognition of "Farmers Market Month" across the state.

August 10, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Tree to the city

The Master Gardeners of Kershaw County honored past and present members at a tree dedication Aug. 1 on the grounds of the Camden Archives and Museum. Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham thanked the Master Gardeners on behalf of Camden City Council at the ceremony.

August 08, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Miscellaneous


5 questions with Robin Watkins

Q: What is the most satisfying part of your job as county auditor?

August 05, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


County looks to ensure bridge safety

The last time the county's bridges had major repairs was back during the days of Hurricane Hugo and according to Kershaw County engineer and public works director Dana Reeder, it's time to again perform a thorough evaluation of their safety and reliability.

August 03, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Final honor rolls reported by L-EMS

Lugoff-Elgin Middle School has announced its honor rolls for the fourth nine-week period.

August 03, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Education


Tiger's return brings added questions

Last time golf fans saw Tiger Woods at a PGA event he couldn't make it to the final round at the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Set to make his comeback this week at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, Woods has had two months to recuperate from that forgettable performance at the Players and will now try to return to that championship-winning mindset that defined his game for so long.

August 03, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Jones reacts to Patriots controversy

Kershaw County Councilman Jimmy Jones took time during council's meeting Tuesday to denounce what some have deemed controversial actions by Jeff Mattox, co-chair of the Kershaw County Republican Party. Jones said the local Republican Party has been "hijacked by anti-government extremists" and that "free speech doesn't mean irresponsible speech."

July 29, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


King Haiglar post office may close

Camden's King Haiglar post office may be on the chopping block. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is looking to cut back on costs. The King Haiglar branch, located in Dusty Bend and which opened in April 2000, is listed as one of 3,700 post offices nationwide under review for closure.

July 29, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Increased property values lead to petition

With the economy in historically bad shape, how is it possible for property values in the county to be increasing? That question led someone to circulate a petition at Camden businesses calling for the county assessor's office to withdraw all increases in property values. The petition states that the reassessed values are contrary to reality and that property values have decreased across the nation and in the county.

July 27, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Not tonight, dear

WASHINGTON -- If only the migraine problem had been Mitt's. Or Newt's. Or any man's rather than a woman's.

July 27, 2011 | Kathleen Parker Washington Post Writers Group | Columns


Ard's ethics violations put spotlight on office

Ken Ard has turned his job as lieutenant governor from one of virtual irrelevancy to one shrouded in controversy and scrutiny after racking up thousands of dollars in ethics violations since being sworn in six months ago.

July 27, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


City seeks county's help with rec plan

The city of Camden has asked Kershaw County for financial support should a new recreation center be built in the city. County Council Chairman Gene Wise noted at Thursday's work session that the county's involvement was requested in a letter from Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham. Wise said he informed Graham the county would have to engage in an impact study before officially getting involved.

July 25, 2011 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


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