Bethune will have a new programmable message sign in place within the next few weeks. Bethune Town Council voted Thursday to accept the lowest bid from a Kershaw County business to produce the sign. Councilman Don Witham said donations totaling $26,935 have come in; Signs Unlimited in Lugoff presented the lowest bid of $21,665.
More than 125 community members, government officials and students participated in the annual Day of Caring, sponsored locally by the United Way of Kershaw County. The Day of Caring is always held Sept. 11 to commemorate the day by volunteering in schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations throughout Kershaw County.
When Kershaw County Council meets Sept. 22, it will consider six proposals on infrastructure improvements in the county's industrial parks in hopes of luring new businesses or getting existing businesses to expand operations.
Motorists on U.S. 1 in Kershaw County may have been temporarily delayed Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning as a march organized by the NAACP worked its way through the county. The march commemorated the 1965 march from Selma, Ala, to Montgomery, Ala., the state capitol, to protest racial inequality, especially when it came to voting rights. This year's march started in Selma and will end in Washington, D.C.
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.
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.