The week between Christmas Day and New Year's Eve brought more rain and flooding to Kershaw County. Local photographer Johnny Deal, who often contributes to our "Community Camera" page, took these photographs of flooding at Lake Wateree. These sometimes stark, and yet sometimes oddly beautiful, pictures are a testament to Mother Nature's capriciousness even around the holidays.
Fairfield Electric Cooperative recently awarded a $278,000 Rural Development Act (RDA) grant to Kershaw County for infrastructure improvements to Heritage Pointe Industrial Park and Wateree Executive Business Park. According to a press release, the grant will be used to further develop the industrial parks currently served by the cooperative.
The last four months of 2015 would see a variety of events, including a change of hands for KershawHealth, epic flooding, and the third of three devastating deaths of Camden High School (CHS) students lost to car accidents.
As 2015 ends, it's natural to look back at the events which shaped the year. Today, the Chronicle-Independent reviews the news from January to April we believe made an impact on Kershaw County's communities. Friday, we'll look at stories from May to August, and end Jan. 5 with the events from September to December.
Dec. 20 marked the 22nd run of the Boykin Christmas Parade, known for its unique floats and characters. Parade entries from all over Kershaw County participated in the parade including the Boykin Alligator Queen "Miz Boykin" and the Fat Back Queen. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus also made an appearance.
Santa greeted children at the Kershaw County Government Center on Dec. 15. During the morning, he met (starting with first picture) Jessie Brice, Landon Ward and Kimberly Chancey. Throughout the day, children filled out letters to Santa, indicating whether they'd been naughty or nice (we're pretty sure they all said they'd been nice) and letting him know what they wanted for Christmas and their wishes for the new year. In the fourth picture, an Elf -- Kershaw County Economic Development Director Peggy McLean -- uses a special pneumatic tube system to send one of the letters to the North ...
Upgrades for the town water system and a search for a new police chief will continue to be projects for Bethune Town Council for the foreseeable future. Council met Thursday for its last meeting of 2015 at the Bethune Recreation Center, followed by a community covered dish meal.