A new fence under construction is part of security upgrades being made at the Kershaw County Courthouse. According to Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter, the upgrades are being made due to pressure from South Carolina Chief Justice Jean H. Toal and a review of the state's courthouses. He said upgrades being made at the Kershaw County Courthouse are a result of recommendations by a panel that includes those who use courthouses, such as judges. Carpenter said findings showed that the courthouse is deficient in terms of safety, with security methods dating back to the 1960s.
Kershaw County Council will discuss the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) recent millage request during its meeting Tuesday. According to its agenda, council will discuss the request after third and final reading of the county's proposed 2013-14 fiscal year budget. KCSD is requesting an additional 3.5 mills from the county.
Kershaw County recently purchased several homes and the lots they sit on as part of an effort to expand the Kershaw County Airport's safety zone at Woodward Field.
Kershaw County's insurance carrier will pay former Kershaw County Sheriff Steve McCaskill $75,000 to settle his defamation lawsuit against the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO). The lawsuit and four others were originally directed against current Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews as an individual over comments he made soon after taking office in 2011. However, Matthews has maintained he was speaking as a county official, so all the lawsuits were redirected against the KCSO.
At a public hearing and regular Bethune Town Council meeting Thursday, council invited citizens to voice their thoughts and opinions regarding its proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget. During the public hearing, Mayor Carlisle Davis said that the budget had been available to the public the week before but that "not a single person" obtained a copy.
Tuesday's Kershaw County Council meeting kicked off with a public hearing in which Billy Smith, the Santee Wateree Transit Authority Board Representative for the area, took the opportunity to remind council of how important funding is to keep transportation in parts of the county intact. Smith that said "$18,000-plus" may be cut for the 2013-14 fiscal year and that if there is no money, there may be no routes.
Joan A. Inabinet recently received the Robert N. Pryor Volunteer Service Award from Confederation of Local Historical Societies (CLHS) at its Landmark Convention in Spartanburg. Presenting her with the award were CLSH President J.R. Fenell and Ex-Officio Mike Scoggins.
A light agenda for Tuesday's Kershaw County Council meeting will feature a public hearing on budget appropriations for the county's 2014 fiscal year. Council held the second reading of the budget at its May 31 meeting, but did not have third and final reading set for Tuesday evening.
Marketing Director Roshanda Pratt likes to describe the Kershaw County Farmers Market (KCFM) has having "a little something for everybody." That idea will grow even more beginning Saturday as the market begins accepting SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) in an effort to expand its boundaries for providing the community healthy and locally-grown options to eat.
More than 15 years ago, Leonard Lee Price, moved to Kershaw County's Boonetown community. From that vantage point, he would spend the next decade and a half being one of the largest philanthropists in the county as well as a friend to many, from VIPs to students in both public and private schools.
The S.C. Association for Volunteer Administration (SCAVA) recently bestowed its 2013 Volunteer Group award to the Kershaw County Volunteer Guardians ad Litem (GALs). SCAVA and S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley presented the award, with others, during a ceremony May 16.
Adult Lap Swim
Kershaw County Council amended its proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget in order to transfer funding for Camden-based school resource officers (SROs) from the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) to the Camden Police Department (CPD). Council took up the amendment as part of second reading of the proposed budget during its meeting Tuesday.
In response to the May 20 tornado in Oklahoma, the American Red Cross has mobilized volunteers and dispatched relief supplies and response vehicles to help people in need.
Kershaw County residents wanting to have their say about how Kershaw County Council should make budget appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014 will have their chance during council's meeting Tuesday night. The first item on council's agenda is a public hearing on the budget. Council voted on first reading of the budget by title only at its May 14; the fiscal year begins July 1.
The Community Playground Project continues to close in on the fundraising goal of $300,000 to build a new playground at the West Wateree Recreation Complex on U.S. 1 between Lugoff and Elgin. The Lugoff Optimist Club presented a $1,000 check to the project Thursday, March 19. Playground Committee Chairperson Laurey Carpenter accepted the check from Henry Powers. The project also raised several thousand dollars Friday, March 20 with a gala and auction, including a "Pie in the Face" contest in which votes were cast by monetary donation.
On a 6-0 unanimous vote, with Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. absent, Kershaw County Council passed a motion which, in part, would make Palmetto Utilities of Richland County responsible for repairing Crab Apple Lane and change the way it discharges wastewater to keep the road from being damaged again.
The Kershaw County Humane Society took a step toward being in its bigger home Wednesday with a groundbreaking ceremony at what will be known as the Meyer-Thiel Animal Adoption Center of Kershaw County. The facility is the former Coca-Cola building on Black River Road on the south edge of Camden and will replace the existing Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter at the corner of Bull and Fair Streets.
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