Now that the town of Bethune no longer has a police department to fund, it will have a $29,557 surplus on hand for the 2014 fiscal year that started July 1. Bethune Town Council passed third and final reading of the budget at a special June 27 meeting.
Kershaw County has a new assessor.
A practice known as "Chinese overtime" will continue at the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) for the foreseeable future. As part of its vote on the county's Fiscal Year 2014 budget Tuesday, Kershaw County Council declined to provide the KCSO with additional funding to end the practice of paying deputies approximately half-time for each hour of overtime they work."
This camp is offered for girls ages 7 - 13. Camp dates are July 8-12 and will be at the CHS softball field from 9 a.m. to Noon. Learn fundamental skills of fast pitch softball or improve your skills in the camp. Daily sessions will include defensive play, base running and hitting. Instructing the camp will be Camden High Softball Coach, Lynn Looney along with other CHS coaches and local players assisting. The cost is $60. Pre-registration is required by July 3.
Joe Eason, director of the Florence County Parks and Recreation Department, will become the new director of the Kershaw County Recreation Department. Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter made the announcement earlier this month at Kershaw County Council's June 11 meeting.
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.
Radiate Church will kick off its third annual "Cover Columbia" event on Sunday. During that week, church members will perform random acts of kindness along with community service in the Midlands, including Kershaw County.
A new ordinance that would have given Kershaw County the authority to demolish uninhabitable dwellings failed to pass third and final reading Tuesday by Kershaw County Council on a 3-4 vote. First and second readings of the ordinance, patterned after state law, passed unanimously in previous meetings.
Kershaw County Council will meet Tuesday with an agenda including three public hearings and third readings of ordinances that, if approved, would become law.
The town of Bethune has a full-time police chief again.
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