Despite declining to appear at a KershawHealth's Board of Trustees meeting Monday, based on his attorney's advice, Kershaw County Councilman Jimmy Jones took time at Tuesday's county council meeting to comment about the hospital board and administration.
Joe Sexton was recently honored as an Ambassador for Economic Development by the Department of Commerce as part of South Carolina's Industry Appreciation Week. The ceremony took place in Columbia on March 19 on the grounds of the Governor's mansion and highlighted 47 individuals from 46 counties for their exceptional efforts to bolster community and economic development activities in South Carolina.
Kershaw County Council will observe a check presentation and expenditure request from State Solicitor, Dan Johnson at Tuesday's meeting. The check presented will be requested to go towards Kershaw County's Youth Arbitration Program as was discussed at the program's anniversary luncheon on March 15.
The S.C. State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) recently recognized Kershaw County as a South Carolina Work Ready Community in Progress. Kershaw County is one of 34 counties whose applications to become Work Ready communities have been accepted by the state steering committee. Kershaw County earned the designation by demonstrating a commitment in meeting its two-year criteria, which includes improving high school graduation rates, obtaining WorkKeys assessments National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRCs), and having an alignment of community stakeholders in achieving county goals.
The ALPHA Center celebrated its success with the Kershaw County Youth Arbitration Program with a luncheon Friday. Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson attended and presented with an award in honor of his support and funding of the program which began in February 2012.
Kershaw County Council unanimously approved third and final reading of an ordinance to amend the county's Unified Code of Zoning and Land Development Regulations with regard to family exemptions. The amendment allows families owning land to subdivide their property into more lots on which family members can reside. The current code restricts such divisions by regulating access via roads or driveways.
The Kershaw County Recreation Department (KCRD) is back under its own roof after a recent flooding issue as a result from rain and a malfunctioning toilet. KCRD staff moved to the Kershaw County Government Center for two weeks while repairs were made to damaged carpeting and floors; paint touchups and some furniture replacement took place as well.
After analyzing a variety of student survey responses related to community safety, the Kershaw County Safe Communities Commission concluded Thursday that bullying will be one of the group's first areas of concentration. Commission Chairman Kevin Rhodes indicated the group's efforts are moving in a positive direction after reviewing student feedback generated from the county's Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) grant.
Kershaw County Council explored the possibility of implementing a gun discharge ordinance Tuesday after hearing complaints from local residents and law enforcement officials. But before council even began discussing the possible change, Councilman Stephen Smoak asked county staff why the item was actually placed on Tuesday's agenda.
Kershaw County Council will consider making appointments Tuesday to the county's tourism committee, a group tasked with advising council and Kershaw County Tourism Director Darron Kirkley with matters pertaining to local tourism efforts.
Representatives from Historic Camden Revolutionary War Park are seeking feedback from Kershaw County and city of Camden officials in pursuit of a plan to have greater involvement in local tourism. As part of its push, Historic Camden has proposed transitioning towards more of an official tourism role by having a hand in the operation of the county's visitor center.
A proposal to purchase two ambulances for KershawHealth escalated into a strong rebuke of the healthcare organization by Kershaw County Councilman Jimmy Jones during a council meeting Tuesday despite joining a unanimous vote to approve the measure.