As 2015 ends, it's natural to look back at the events which shaped the year. Today, the Chronicle-Independent reviews the news from January to April we believe made an impact on Kershaw County's communities. Friday, we'll look at stories from May to August, and end Jan. 5 with the events from September to December.
Dec. 20 marked the 22nd run of the Boykin Christmas Parade, known for its unique floats and characters. Parade entries from all over Kershaw County participated in the parade including the Boykin Alligator Queen "Miz Boykin" and the Fat Back Queen. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus also made an appearance.
Santa greeted children at the Kershaw County Government Center on Dec. 15. During the morning, he met (starting with first picture) Jessie Brice, Landon Ward and Kimberly Chancey. Throughout the day, children filled out letters to Santa, indicating whether they'd been naughty or nice (we're pretty sure they all said they'd been nice) and letting him know what they wanted for Christmas and their wishes for the new year. In the fourth picture, an Elf -- Kershaw County Economic Development Director Peggy McLean -- uses a special pneumatic tube system to send one of the letters to the North ...
Upgrades for the town water system and a search for a new police chief will continue to be projects for Bethune Town Council for the foreseeable future. Council met Thursday for its last meeting of 2015 at the Bethune Recreation Center, followed by a community covered dish meal.
A special election to fill the District 1 Kershaw County Council seat recently vacated by Willie Mickle is set for March 29, according to County Voter Registration Director John Caughman. Caughman said if more than one person files for their party's nomination to fill the seat, a primary would be held on Feb. 9. If necessary, a runoff would be held Feb. 23.
John Caughman, Kershaw County's director of voter registration and elections, will make a public presentation during tonight's Kershaw County Council meeting on filling the District 1 seat vacated a week ago by Willie Mickle.
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster recovery center inside the Blaney Fire Department on U.S. 1 in Elgin will close at 3 p.m. Saturday. Despite the Blaney center's closing, Kershaw County victims of October's storms and flooding can still sign up for individual assistance through Jan. 4, 2016. They can also obtain in-person assistance by traveling to disaster recovery centers in Columbia, Bishopville or Sumter.