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Confusion: who can speak at Bethune meetings

A woman who lives just outside the town limits of Bethune used Bethune Town Council's Oct. 10 meeting to apologize for speaking at council's September meeting.

October 21, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Kershaw County


The absolute, ultimate, most awesome best thing ever

There's no denying it, whether you want to admit it or not, the holidays are practically upon us. That realization tends to affect people in one of two ways: excitement or dread. I am more of the excitement school. I do like the holidays for the most part, with the exception that it leaves me pretty broke when it's all said and done.

October 16, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


LWA: lake area needs more cell phone towers

The Lake Wateree Association (LWA) urged its members and other concerned citizens in an email to attend a Kershaw County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Monday to let commissioners know more cell phone towers are needed on the lake and in other rural areas of the county.

October 16, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Kershaw County


Kershaw County survey currently underway

As part of an effort for Kershaw County Council to better understand what residents are thinking, the county is currently conducting a countywide survey. County Administrator Vic Carpenter said the survey will include phone surveys as well as an online component.

October 16, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Kershaw County


Not tragedy, but triumph

Margie Jackson celebrated her 75th birthday Wednesday. She's also celebrating being a resident at KershawHealth's Karesh Long Term Care Center, or Karesh Wing, for 40 years.

October 14, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Healthcare


Tower amendment back to planning and zoning

Kershaw County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to move an amendment regarding cell towers, antennas and fall zones back to the Kershaw County Planning and Zoning Commission. Council originally considered third and final reading of the amendment Sept. 24, but Chairman Gene Wise tabled it at that time following both public and council members' comments expressing concern about how close together cell phone towers might be in the future.

October 11, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Kershaw County


Newspaper

In honor of National Newspaper Week this week, I just wanted to share why I believe newspapers are so important.

October 09, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


Camden Rotary celebrates 86 years of service

The Camden Rotary Club is celebrating its 86th year of operation. Public Relations Chair Susan Witkowski and current President Alfred Mae Drakeford recently took the time to share all that the club does within the local community.

October 09, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Camden


KCC still not voting on tower amendment

Kershaw County Council will discuss -- but will not vote on -- third reading of an ordinance to amend the county's code of zoning and land regulations regarding cell towers, antennas and the definition of a fall zone at Tuesday's meeting.

October 07, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Kershaw County


Duke to help prepare 500-acre Lugoff site for industrial development

Duke Energy Progress (DEP) will help prepare a 500-acre site in Lugoff for potential industrial development. A recent DEP press release listed the property as the "Emanuel Site," named for the family that owns the property. It said the land is located less than five miles from I-20 in Lugoff.

October 04, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Business


Candidates, others clash with Bethune council

A candidate for mayor and several residents in Bethune clashed with Bethune Town Council at its most recent meeting, held Sept. 9. According to a recording provided by a town resident who attended the meeting, Charles McCoy began speaking during the meeting's public forum by noting that "everyone knows" he's running against current Mayor Carlisle Davis in November's election. He was critical of the way both Davis and other members of council have misrepresented his goals if elected.

October 02, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Kershaw County


Plain water for me

I have never been a fan of Kool-Aid. I just don't think it tastes very good. I also have never been able to get into the trend of adding sugar-free flavor enhancer packets to my bottled water. I honestly don't see how that fake sweet taste could ever be preferable to the taste of pure water.

October 02, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Columns


And the winners are...

Saturday night's Dancing with the Stars at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) event was, as volunteer services coordinator for the FAC Margaret Bishop said, "a great success!" Bishop commented that the show was met with "a sell-out crowd. It was a wonderful event for the FAC."

October 02, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Arts


Mikota is new Santee-Lynches COG director

Dr. Michael Mikota recently became the new executive director of the Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments (COG). The COG is one of 10 regional districts which make up the South Carolina Association of Regional Councils. Regional councils are voluntary associations of local governments formed in accordance with state law to provide a structured method of intergovernmental coordination, cooperation and collaboration on a multi-jurisdictional level. The Santee-Lynches COG, established in 1971 and headquartered in Sumter County, the Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties. The region has a population of 223,344 according to the 2010 census, including 12 incorporated communities. The ...

September 30, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Kershaw County


County outlines plan for Bethune’s recycling center

A proposal to move a Kershaw County recycling center in Bethune will not take place for the moment, following a Sept. 12 public meeting with members of Kershaw County Council, Bethune Town Council and local citizens. Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter, Asst. Administrator Allan Trapp and county councilmen Tom Gardner and Sammie Tucker Jr. attended the meeting as did Mindy Spires-Miller of the Waste Management company.

September 30, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Kershaw County


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