For the first time, Camden recently hosted the S.C. Recreation and Parks Association's annual board retreat, Dec. 4 and 5. Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Director Joe Eason said the retreat is usually held in Charleston, but the association chose Camden because of its central location and hospitality.
Bethune's work to repair and refurbish the town's aging water tower took a big step toward being completed Thursday when Kershaw County Councilman Tom Gardner presented Bethune Town Council a $33,000 check from the county.
During a special called meeting Thursday, Kershaw County Council approved the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' decision to draft a letter of intent concerning a deal between the county's public healthcare system and a partnership comprised of Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).
Kershaw County Council bade farewell to a councilman and its chairman at its last regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday. Council normally would have a second meeting this month, but cancelled it due to the Dec. 23 date falling so close to Christmas.
Kershaw County Council will consider Tuesday providing financial incentives to Hengst Inc. to continue with an $8.5 million expansion expected to create 20 new jobs. The proposal is on council's agenda Tuesday night, council's only meeting for the month.
Santa Claus is coming to town, as the song goes, and children 12 and under can meet him in person and take a photo Thursday at the Kershaw County Government Center, 515 Walnut St., Camden. Santa will be in the upstairs administration lobby from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. and again from 2 to 4 p.m. Some of Santa's elves will also be there, helping out and collecting letters to Santa to be forwarded to the North Pole. Here, Rhett Hughes, son of Kershaw County Human Resources Manager Leigh Hughes, with Santa.
The Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter in Camden recently received a major donation. George Sensor donated a van to the shelter to transport animals to veterinary facilities, foster homes and to other shelter facilities and rescue groups where the animals may be adopted.
Property owners with land around Lake Wateree may be receiving good news, thanks to a recent study commissioned by Kershaw and Fairfield counties finding the base flood elevation for the lake is higher than needed. The lake lies in both counties.
Camden High School and the Kershaw County Recreation Department are hosting the Michael Kohn Baseball Camp on December 14, 1-4 p.m.. The camp will be held at the American Legion Baseball Field and is open for children ages 7-14. The old CLC gym will be the back up location in the event of bad weather. The cost is $25.
Kershaw County is in good financial condition, according to the annual audit of the county books by the accounting firm Sheheen, Hancock & Godwin. The firm's Mark Wood presented the audit summary at Kershaw County Council's meeting Tuesday. Wood said the audit was completed earlier than usual this year at the county's request so it would be concluded before newly-elected Council Chairman Julian Burns and Councilman Dennis Arledge take office in January.
Kershaw County Council will consider a relatively short agenda when they meet Tuesday. The accounting firm of Sheheen, Hancock and Godwin is scheduled to present the county's annual audit report to council.
Former Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Capt. David Thomley is dropping his lawsuit against Sheriff Jim Matthews. Thomley lost the Republican nomination to Matthews in 2010, who went on to be elected sheriff in that year's general election. Thomley lost again to Matthews this July when the sheriff beat him in the Republican primary and there were no Democratic contenders.