A light agenda for Tuesday's Kershaw County Council meeting will feature a public hearing on budget appropriations for the county's 2014 fiscal year. Council held the second reading of the budget at its May 31 meeting, but did not have third and final reading set for Tuesday evening.
Marketing Director Roshanda Pratt likes to describe the Kershaw County Farmers Market (KCFM) has having "a little something for everybody." That idea will grow even more beginning Saturday as the market begins accepting SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) in an effort to expand its boundaries for providing the community healthy and locally-grown options to eat.
More than 15 years ago, Leonard Lee Price, moved to Kershaw County's Boonetown community. From that vantage point, he would spend the next decade and a half being one of the largest philanthropists in the county as well as a friend to many, from VIPs to students in both public and private schools.
The S.C. Association for Volunteer Administration (SCAVA) recently bestowed its 2013 Volunteer Group award to the Kershaw County Volunteer Guardians ad Litem (GALs). SCAVA and S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley presented the award, with others, during a ceremony May 16.
Adult Lap Swim
Kershaw County Council amended its proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget in order to transfer funding for Camden-based school resource officers (SROs) from the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) to the Camden Police Department (CPD). Council took up the amendment as part of second reading of the proposed budget during its meeting Tuesday.
In response to the May 20 tornado in Oklahoma, the American Red Cross has mobilized volunteers and dispatched relief supplies and response vehicles to help people in need.
Kershaw County residents wanting to have their say about how Kershaw County Council should make budget appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014 will have their chance during council's meeting Tuesday night. The first item on council's agenda is a public hearing on the budget. Council voted on first reading of the budget by title only at its May 14; the fiscal year begins July 1.
After nearly a decade of being positions within the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO), three school resource officer (SRO) slots at schools inside Camden's city limits may return to being Camden Police Department (CPD) officers.
Kershaw County community members celebrated as former Kershaw County Recreation Center Director James E. Davis Jr. was sworn in as a county magistrate judge on Thursday afternoon. Kershaw County Councilman Jimmy Jones, Fifth Circuit Assistant Solicitor Brett Perry and Rep. Laurie S. Funderburk spoke at the short ceremony at the Kershaw County Court House. Judge Roderick M. Todd Jr. called the ceremony to order; Clerk of Court Joyce McDonald administered the oath; Rev. Constance Barnes, of St. Matthews United Methodist church gave the invocation and Rev. Ellis White, of Camden First United Methodist Church gave the benediction.
Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) Chief Dennis Ray had some good news for Kershaw County Council Tuesday: there would be no tax increase of the Lugoff Fire District. Ray said that after completing its Fiscal Year 2014 budget, a tax increase was not necessary.
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews wants to pay his deputies more money in an effort to keep them on staff instead of losing them to other agencies. Matthews told Kershaw County Council members during a work session Thursday that the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is becoming a training ground, and that the level of staff experience is decreasing as he loses valuable personnel.
Thursday evening's Bethune Town Council meeting became a platform for concerned citizens to express their discontent with the council's decision to dissolve the Bethune Police Department (BPD).
Tuesday's Kershaw County Council meeting will include first reading of the county's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. The fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2014.
Several Lake Wateree residents reported that their docks were underwater or inaccessible due to high lake levels Thursday. Duke Energy, which operates dams along the Catawba River basin, of which Lake Wateree is a part, alerted residents earlier this week to prepare for the rising water. It said significant rainfall had led the company to open spillways and floodgates along the chain so that water could flow at a "measured pace" to protect low-lying homes.
(Twenty-five years ago, Hurricane Hugo struck South Carolina as a Category 4 hurricane, one of the worst to ever hit the state.
Discussion was passionate at Thursday's meeting of the Kershaw County Firearms Discharge Advisory Committee, with audience comments coming from both sides of the issue. The committee was formed after county council proposed an ordinance restricting the use of firearms in unincorporated areas, but it was dropped after passing first reading. County ordinances require three separate approval votes to become law. The ordinance was abandoned after outcry from gun enthusiasts who said it was too restrictive and violated their rights.
Kershaw County Director of Parks and Recreation Joe Eason spoke to the Rotary Club at their mid-day meeting Thursday and said the future looks good for recreational opportunities in the county. Lauren Branham Reeder introduced Eason with a quick summary of his education and experience.
The Kershaw Council meets Tuesday. KershawHealth will make a presentation on the hospital's latest advertising campaign.
Kershaw County Parks and Recreation will host its 15th annual Senior Golf Tournament (ages 50 and up). The tournament will be held on Friday, September 26 at the White Pines Golf Club in Camden. There will be a Shotgun Start at 9 a.m.
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