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Getting closer

The finish line for the completion of the new Bethune Recreation Center is now closer to fruition according to Kershaw County officials. The opening of the facility has experienced a lingering delay after problems sprang up involving the project's first contractor.

August 08, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


L-EWA praised for enhancing public health

For the fifth year in a row, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) recently honored the Lugoff-Elgin Water Authority (L-EWA) with the Area-Wide Optimization award.

August 06, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Lugoff-Elgin


KC Housing Authority gains guidance during trip

Members of the Kershaw County Housing Authority traveled to Lake City and Sumter Monday to gather advice on moving forward with affordable housing projects in the community. Kershaw County United Way President Donnie Supplee, who helped spearhead efforts to establish a local housing authority, said it was a very informative trip.

August 03, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Obama's Don Quixote quest

Defying any semblance of logic, some political pundits are now chalking up South Carolina in the swing state category for November's general election.

August 01, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


SRE drops plans for Cassatt biomass plant

Southeast Renewable Energy (SRE) has decided not to move forward with the completion of a biomass facility in Cassatt according to SRE CEO Raine Cotton.

August 01, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Wise seeks greater involvement with KH board

Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise has indicated he would like to see a greater emphasis placed on selecting KershawHealth Broad of Trustees members. During council's July 10 meeting, Wise said he would like council to formally vet individuals applying for the board.

July 30, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


KCC finalizes noise ordinance

Kershaw County Council looked to give residents a respite from potentially noisy neighbors Tuesday after approving third reading of an excessive noise limitation ordinance. The proposal was supported on a 5-2 vote with Councilman C.R. Miles and Council Vice Chairman Sammie Tucker Jr. voting against third reading.

July 27, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Unemployment rate ticks up in county, state

While Kershaw County's jobless rate continues to remain near South Carolina's average, both the county and the state have experienced two consecutive months of unemployment increases.

July 25, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


DeMint's divergent legacy

For nearly the last five decades, South Carolina has been represented in the U.S. senate by only four men. By all indications, however, that's set to be five by 2016. A reading of the political tea leaves shows that Sen. Jim DeMint will not be seeking reelection in the fall of 2016.

July 25, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


KCC to look at employee pay increases

Kershaw County Council is set to take up a resolution Tuesday providing cost of living adjustments for county employees. County Administrator Vic Carpenter said the resolution will essentially formalize all paperwork regarding a 2 percent pay increase.

July 23, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Tucker's lapse leaves campaign in question

The candidacy of Kershaw County Council Vice Chairman Sammie Tucker Jr. has been brought into question for failing to turn in required campaign paperwork to the S.C. Ethics Commission (SCEC).

July 20, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Politics


The president's punching bag

There's no doubting Mitt Romney when it comes to job creation. Even President Obama's supporters have patted him on the back for it. Unfortunately for the Republican nominee, the devil is in the details.

July 18, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Columns


Two petition for county council seats

Willie Mickle and Barbara Swindall, who were both removed from the Republican primary ballot for Kershaw County Council District 1, have officially filed petition candidacies for the November general election.

July 18, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Politics


Chipping in for a good cause

Local businessman Dan Cantey is aiming to give back to his community in more ways than one this summer. His new venture -- a mobile shaved-ice shop -- has not only provided an escape from triple-digit heat waves, but has helped to supply a boost to local non-profit organizations.

July 16, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Business


KCC sets noise ordinance fines

An excessive noise limitation ordinance approved on second reading by Kershaw County Council Tuesday set the specific penalty costs for each level of misdemeanor offense.

July 16, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


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