While the recently announced $72 million expansion and 410 new jobs at Haier America in Camden is largely considered a big step forward in Kershaw County's economic development, Kershaw County Council and staff continue to look for ways to attract new industries to the county.
As the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter begins to close down so staff and animals can relocate to the all-new Meyer-Thiel Pet Adoption Center on Black River Road, the shelter is offering a special rate on pet adoptions.
While school went back in session in Kershaw County this week, it was back to work for Elsa, a Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) K-9 and her handler, Sgt. Mike Lyons. Lyons is the supervisor for the KCSO's school resource officers (SROs). Elsa is a 2-year-old German Shepherd donated to the KCSO by Beverly Conley of Blythewood in December 2013.
Haier America, with help from Gov. Nikki Haley, officially broke ground on the $72 million expansion to the company's existing $40 million Camden manufacturing facility Thursday afternoon. The project will increase the square footage of the plant from the current 365,000 to 550,000 and is expected to add 410 new full-time jobs during the next five years, growing the plant's production by approximately 50 percent..
As students in Kershaw County head back to school this week and others across the state and the nation have already returned or soon will, there is a certain anticipation as to what the 2015-2016 school year will bring.
Motorists traveling through Bethune lately have likely noticed a four-way stop installed at the intersection of U.S. 1 and S.C. 341 in the heart of town. That will soon be changed to an electronic traffic light, which is what Bethune Town Council and Police Chief Joey Cobb have wanted all along.
Kershaw County Council is considering issuing general obligation bonds to fund economic development projects, but details of any projects and expected costs have yet to be determined. The issue was a major topic of discussion at council's meeting Tuesday.
Many would call Tom Mancke a world traveler, but the good news is he has always come back to his native South Carolina with stories and artifacts to share from his travels. Mancke was the guest speaker at the Aug. 6 meeting of The Golden Club in Camden. He has taught Natural History at Hammond School in Columbia for more than 25 years. Mancke said he feels a strong philosophical connection to all things, living or not, and he shares his experiences with his students.