Members of Kershaw County Council put in extra hours last week during a council retreat Friday and Saturday in an attempt to establish policy goals for the upcoming year. The councilmen hashed out county priorities at Old Armory Steakhouse Friday, and then held a day-long session at the Shaw Recreation Area on Lake Wateree Saturday.
About fifteen people gathered in the Kershaw County Government Center in Camden Thursday to hear an overview of and provide feedback on the county's recreational offerings. Thursday's was the first of seven public forums to be held across the county.
Legislation introduced in the S.C. House of Representatives could change the way Cassatt Water Company handles its finances. If passed, the company would be converted from a private, non-profit entity to a public utility, allowing the company to cut costs and more efficiently initiate $16 million worth of capital improvements.
In its fourth decade, the Santee Wateree Rural Transit Authority (SWRTA) continues to provide services to Kershaw County. However, changes to the agency's funding may cause the SWRTA to cut some of those services, according to Executive Director Ann August.
Kershaw County Councilman Stephen Smoak reached out to the city of Camden during county council's meeting Tuesday, trying to gauge the city's support for a joint venture with the county to replace Rhame Arena.
S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) Sgt. Tom Borowski informed Kershaw County Council at its meeting Tuesday that the number of fatal crashes in the county has dropped since the creation of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) traffic enforcement unit. Borowski, commander of the SCHP unit patrolling Kershaw and Lee counties, also said the county continues to make progress in its effort to crack down on the number of traffic collisions and DUI fatalities.
A Florence-based technology company approached Kershaw County Council with a unique business opportunity at its work session Thursday. Ronnie Wyche, vice president of sales of GlobalCo Central, outlined a countywide fiber optic broadband project being developed by the company.
"I somewhat expected a lull at the end of the year, but that hasn't been the case," said Kershaw County Economic Development Director Peggy McLean, referring to the level of business activity experienced toward the end of 2011.
A proposed Southern Campaign of the Revolution National Heritage Area (NHA) did not meet National Park Service (NPS) criteria necessary to receive the designation, according to a draft of a suitability/feasibility study published in November. Public meetings are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Robert Mills Courthouse on South Broad Street to discuss the draft study.
Kershaw County Council meets Tuesday, with public hearings on, and third and final readings of, four ordinances which affect county planning and zoning on the agenda. The matters in question all passed their first two readings unanimously.
What live community theater or musical performances would you like to see or, even better, be part of in Camden? That's the question being asked by the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County as it reaches out to the community for input on how better to interact with the public in fun and productive ways.
The town of Bethune is getting traffic assistance from the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) with the installation of a four-way stop at the intersection of U.S. 1 (King Street) and S.C. 341 (Main Street). The intersection currently has flashing yellow caution lights for U.S. 1 traffic and flashing red stop lights for S.C. 341.
Kershaw County District 2 Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. has changed his residence, but still lives in District 2, which keeps him eligible to serve on council. Tucker said a pending divorce resulted in his home on Spring Hill Road being foreclosed and, during the past several weeks, he has been staying with a relative.