Judge Mendel L. Smith (1870-1934), the 5th Judicial Circuit's second judge, is now immortalized with a portrait placed in the main courtroom on the third floor at the Kershaw County Courthouse. Smith was also a Camden attorney, a Kershaw County legislator and speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives. He also made several unsuccessful runs for South Carolina governor.
One of Woodward Field's two aircraft businesses wants to build a new hangar to replace one dating back to 1941. Frank Shumpert, head of Aircraft Maintenance Services (AMS), spoke to Kershaw County Council during its meeting Tuesday. Shumpert said his company has been at Woodward Field, also known as Kershaw County Airport, for 15 years.
Two blind soprano singers will perform in a special concert at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County to benefit the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina (NFBSC). The Blind in the Musical Arts will take place April 12 at 7 p.m. and will feature blind recitalists Sarah Massengale and Jessica Ewell.
Kershaw County Council will hear two public presentations during its meeting Tuesday evening.
Kershaw County Council took the first step toward working out the county's fiscal year 2014-2015 budget with a special workshop meeting Tuesday. County Administrator Vic Carpenter said the meeting was to present a basic overview of the budget, and that council has more meetings planned to discuss more specific budget matters. The proposed budget does not call for a tax increase and Carpenter said only a few fees will go up.
A piece of pipe nearly clogged with corrosion briefly took center stage at Thursday's Bethune Town Council meeting. According to Bethune Mayor Charles McCoy and Councilman Don Witham, the piece of pipe was from a section replaced following a water leak along U.S. 1 three weeks earlier.
Dr. Ron Prestage of Prestage Farms addressed Kershaw County Council on behalf of the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter and Kershaw County Humane Society during council's meeting Tuesday. Prestage said he and his wife relocated from California to Camden 31 years ago because of the equine industry.
The first reading of an ordinance that would be the first step toward allowing the sale of alcohol on Sundays in Kershaw County is on Kershaw County Council agenda for Tuesday evening.
Mary D. D'Alessio recently joined Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church (LHPC) as its pastor, becoming the first woman to lead the historic church. Originally from Conway, D'Alessio received her B.A. in English from Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont, Calif., and attended Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga.
When the coach of any sport amasses a 204-9 win-loss record, it gets attention. Kershaw County Council agreed and honored Lugoff-Elgin Middle School (L-EMS) wrestling coach Ted Monroe by passing a resolution recognizing his accomplishments in front of a packed room that included Monroe and members of his family, along with coworkers, current and former wrestlers and their parents Tuesday evening.
S.C. Rep. Laurie S. Funderburk along with ten other members of the South Carolina General Assembly have been recognized in the inaugural class of fellows from the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health's (IMPH) Health Policy Fellows Program. That program, supported by The Duke Endowment and Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, provides members of the General Assembly with clear, evidence-based health policy information in a non-partisan manner.
For the last several months, there has been talk about "Project Chem" at Kershaw County Council meetings. With publication of council's agenda for its meeting Tuesday, that project has been revealed to involve WeylChem US Inc.'s plant in Elgin.
Bethune Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to sell a former bank building it owns to a Chesterfield woman. Council held its meeting Tuesday after postponing the meeting from its original date of Feb. 13, due to poor weather and road conditions.
For the second time in two weeks, an arctic blast sent potentially dangerous precipitation into Kershaw County and much of the eastern United States. But county officials report they were prepared for the snow and ice.
Kershaw County Council and staff have started the annual task of crafting the county budget, which goes into effect July 1. Council held a workshop meeting Tuesday in which Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter presented a proposed general fund budget $280,907 less than the current $22.99 million budget for Fiscal Year 2015 that ends June 30.
Heavy thunderstorms and accompanying rains during the past weekend in North Carolina caused a threat of flash floods along the Catawba River basin, which includes Lake Wateree at the southernmost end.
Chances are, for most people, economic development means industrial recruitment. Under Gov. Nikki Haley, the state of South Carolina has aggressively recruited outside industry to the state. Those efforts have yielded successes with some 58,000 new jobs announced since 2010.
Kershaw County Council passed first readings of four planning and zoning-related ordinances Tuesday, including one designed to improves fire hydrant access for fire departments in unincorporated areas of the county.
In late 1989, a group of concerned Lake Wateree property owners and residents banded together and formed the Lake Wateree Association (LWA). The group celebrated its 25th annual meeting April 11. Current Secretary and past Chairman Johnny Deal said the organization formed to address concerns unique to lake-area residents.
One of the most important elements in economic development is the availability of a trained workforce.
Should Bethune bring back its annual "Chicken Strut" festival? The town discontinued the once popular event a few years back, but Bethune Town Councilman John Heflin would like to see it revived in 2016. Heflin said it would draw people to the small town on the eastern edge of Kershaw County the way it did in the past.
Kershaw County Council will consider first reading of four zoning-related ordinances during its meeting Tuesday evening. All ordinances require three readings to gain final approval.
Johnny Deal -- former banker, "Mr. Camden" and "Mr. Facebook" -- received the United Way of Kershaw County's (UWKC) highest honor Tuesday night: the Jake Watson Award. The award honors an individual who has continued Watson's legacy of volunteer service. The annual recognition dinner took place at TenEleven Galleria.
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