With Kershaw County schools on summer break, children in the area, and their parents, are always looking for fun and productive activities during the idle time. The Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department (KCPRD) offers a variety of summer activities and, for the second year, has teamed with the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) to open school gyms for basketball play in the summer months.
The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is investigating the theft of a TV, an air conditioner and a shotgun from an Elgin home June 10. A KCSO report said the victim was away from his Silicate Way home for four hours and when he returned he noticed a gate and a shed door were open. Not realizing the house had been broken into, he closed the gate and shed before going into the house and discovering the thefts. The report said the total value of the missing items is approximately $1,500.
The Bethune Town Council passed the town's budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 during a 6:30 p.m. special meeting Thursday before the regular 7 p.m. monthly meeting. Vice-mayor Don Witham presided over both meetings, as Mayor Charles McCoy was away on business.
Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators arrested Donnie Lee Hudson, 32, of Lugoff, on two counts of criminal sexual conduct on a minor under 14 years of age. According to a KCSO press release, investigators first arrested Hudson on May 13.
The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is conducting a series of entertaining and educational events for children this summer called "Arts Arising." The program includes acting, music, visual arts and more, and each session includes a question and answer time between the audience and the artists.
Local and state law enforcement chiefs met with the public Thursday evening in a program hosted by the Concerned Clergy of Kershaw County. Panelists in Camden High School's auditorium included Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, Camden Police Department (CPD) Chief Joe Floyd and S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) Deputy Commander Lt. Col. Chris Williamson. Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown and Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb also attended. Rev. Dr. Augustus Rodgers, pastor of Unity United Methodist Church in Lugoff served as the master of ceremonies.
Saturday is July 4. It is celebrated in many ways, with cookouts, patriotic concerts and parades. But one fun thing about the holiday carrying the potential for danger is fireworks. Kershaw County fire chiefs want everyone to have fun this weekend, but to also use caution and common sense when dealing with fireworks.
Even though it's not an election year, in many ways it's always an election year for some politicians. Given the fact they are "hired" and employed by the voting public, their lives are a nearly constant campaign for re-election. I can understand that. They have cushy jobs they want to keep for many years to come.
The John D. Kennedy Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) held a marker dedication service for Henry Cool Salmond and his daughter, Louise C. Salmond Porter Proctor, on June 20 at Quaker Cemetery in Camden.