During a brief, 20-minute meeting Tuesday, Kershaw County Council unanimously approved a list of Fiscal Year 2016-17 short- and long-term goals members and staff hammered out a Jan. 29-30 retreat. Council voted 5-0 with Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. absent and the District 1 seat vacant until a special election set for March 29.
With the closing of an approximately 1,865-acre conservation easement in Kershaw County, the Congaree Land Trust (CLT) recently surpassed a milestone of protecting 60,000 acres of state land. According to a CLT press release, the latest easement borders Spears Creek and the Wateree River and brings the total of protected land to approximately 61,300 acres.
Suzi Sale, the city of Camden's tourism director and interim economic development director, provided an update to Kershaw County Council of efforts her office is making to promoting both Camden and the county to tourists. Sale made her report during a presentation at council's meeting Tuesday evening.
Former county educator, state transportation commissioner and hospital trustee Bobby Jones speaks after accepting the Camden-Kershaw County Branch NAACP's MLK Humanitarian of the Year Award on Jan. 18. Looking on are (from left, seated) keynote speaker Bud Ferillo; NAACP Housing Chairwoman Margaret Lawhorn; (standing) Jones' wife, Dr. Mary Jones; Camden-Kershaw County NAACP Branch President Sammie Tucker Jr.; and Jones' daughter, Susan.
Dr. Tray Dunaway, chairman of the Historic Camden Foundation, will make a presentation concerning the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site during tonight's Kershaw County Council meeting. Historic Camden which recently hired Amy Sheheen as its interim executive director, is expected to announce a "transformation plan" for 2016.
Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County continues to work -- and get help in working -- on assisting deserving families to become homeowners. On Jan. 16, the local AKA Sorority cleaned up a Habitat home. The organization thanks AKA members (first photo, from left) Alfred Mae Drakeford, Jacqie Howard, Theresa Young-Evans, Maude Cooper, Lisa Perry and Katherine Wright for their time and dedication. Also on Jan. 16, congregants from First Baptist Church of Camden helped build a roof on a Habitat home. They included (second photo, from left) Ed Wright, Jody Stevens, Don Cook, Ronnie Kinnett and Troy Bolin. Habitat for Humanity ...
The West Wateree Playground Steering Committee officially "deeded" the new Kershaw County West Complex playground to the county Tuesday night. The "transfer" took place during Kershaw County Council's meeting as part of a public presentation by co-chairs Laurey Carpenter and Elgin Mayor Melissa Emmons.
Black River Electric Cooperative recently awarded a $50,000 Rural Development Act (RDA) grant to Kershaw County for infrastructure improvements to Governor's Hill Industrial Park, the 200-acre county-owned park located at I-20 Exit 101. According to a press release, the county will use the grant funds to further develop the industrial park currently served by the cooperative.
The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is providing public notification of proposed priority bridge replacement projects on I-20. Pending consideration of public comments, the projects will be recommended for inclusion in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and subsequently programmed for design and construction based on available funding.
In November, Kershaw County Council approved a rezoning change of a parcel of land next to Black River Electric Cooperative's offices on U.S. 1 in Cassatt so a Dollar General could be built there. Tonight, council will consider first reading of another rezoning request for another piece of Cassatt property on U.S. 1, this time for the ultimate purpose of building a Family Dollar store.
Kershaw County Council held a special 5 p.m. session Jan. 12 for a special reason: to honor former Chairman Austin Sheheen Jr. Sheheen is one of only two former members who served on council for 20 or more years.