As plans develop with the Safe Communities Commission (SCC) recently created by Kershaw County Council, a federal grant focusing on safety in schools will serve as a template according to local officials.
Looking to examine ways to protect the community, Kershaw County Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to support the creation of a county wide commission tasked with identifying public safety needs.
Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan and Kershaw County Board of School Trustees Chair Mara Jones are set to address Kershaw County Council Tuesday concerning the establishment of a county-wide safe schools commission. Morgan said discussions concerning the commission's establishment were tied to December's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
Recently authorized funds under the Federal Transportation Act could generate a significant impact in the community according to state and local officials.
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) recently awarded a $534,000 grant to Kershaw County to construct a new septage receiving station at the county's waste water treatment plant. Septage is the waste content found in a septic tank.
Reflecting on the past year, Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise said county government should have "no regrets" as far as 2012 and expressed optimism heading into the new year. Wise said the county is moving in a positive direction by incorporating more strategic planning and cultivating a business mentality.
A new recreation center in the town of Bethune is up and running, according to Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter.
Bobby Gary concluded his final meeting as a member of Kershaw County Council Dec. 12 surrounded by a round of applause and a resolution honoring his service.
Santa Claus will visit the Kershaw County Government Center Friday.
"It is the holiday season," Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise said during council's meeting Tuesday night.
Austin Meyer was driving along I-77 in Columbia a number of years ago, thinking about a design for a single-engine jet plane. Meyer, who's designed airplanes for most of his adult life, figured the new jet could get him -- or anyone else, for that matter, where they were going just a little faster. It would just take a bit of engineering … and a few million dollars.
Kershaw County Council will consider third reading and hold a public hearing concerning a five-year review of the county's comprehensive plan during its meeting Tuesday.
A $55 solid waste fee approved by Kershaw County Council in June will help complete capital needs estimated to cost as much as $1.5 million during the next five years, according to Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter.
Duke Energy has decided to keep higher than normal water levels at Lake Wateree this winter as a result of ongoing drought conditions.
Eat Smart, Move More Kershaw County, in conjunction with Atla Greenways, is currently developing a Master Bicycle-Pedestrian-Greenway Plan for the county. The plan will examine current conditions of the community's transportation system and outline a strategy to create a system that is friendlier to cyclists and pedestrians and identify areas for trails and greenways. In order to acquire public input, the organizations are asking county residents to visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/KershawBPGAll and fill out an online survey. Responses will remain anonymous.
KershawHealth unveiled its new "What Matters Most" ad campaign with Kershaw County Council at its Tuesday meeting.
The "Community Playground Project" continues raising funds to build a state-of-the-art playground in the West Wateree area and has received 10 percent of the money needed for the project. That was the report given to the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors at its Sept. 18 meeting. Playground Steering Committee Chairperson Laurey Carpenter gave the presentation.
Junior Leadership Kershaw County kicked off its 27th year, Sept. 9-10 with a two-day retreat for the 2014-15 class.
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