A U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) count of the country's homeless will now be conducted annually to maintain year-to-year numbers. United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) President Donny Supplee said, however, that he "doesn't put stock in the count."
Kershaw County Council voted, 4-3, to reject a request Tuesday to take over an average $846,000 annual emergency medical services (EMS) deficit from KershawHealth. During a presentation to council at Tuesday's meeting, KershawHealth President and CEO Donnie Weeks and Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch said the healthcare organization has experienced a five-year loss of $4.22 million from EMS operations alone.
The quarterly meeting of the Kershaw County Forest Landowners Association (KCFLOA) will be held Monday at 7 p.m. in the FCL Building, corner of Broad and Church Streets, 632 W. DeKalb St.
Although only 50 people in Kershaw County took the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's homeless count survey (HUD), Food for the Soul (FFTS) and Mt. Moriah Baptist Church serve lunch to almost 100 people, separately, on a daily basis.
City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The agenda for the meeting includes a presentation from the Carolina Motorsports Park regarding their submission of a list of funding proposals for staff to consider. The proposal includes the 2014 Rotax Grand National Kart Race for consideration in the fiscal year 2013-14 budget. The request is for $24,000 to cover track rental and corner worker fees. This kart racing series proposed would occur in August for five days with an estimated 300 competitors. The proposal also includes economic impacts that the race would bring. Council will also ...
At Kershaw County Council's meeting Tuesday, April 9, Council will be approached by the KershawHealth Board of Trustees regarding the funding of the EMS Financial Operations. Concluding council's meeting on March 26, Councilman Jimmy Jones shared his thoughts on KershawHealth's request for funding from the county. Jones questions the management of KershawHealth and why taxpayer's funds should go towards funding which was previously covered by the hospital's own budget. KershawHealth's funding request will be for County Council to provide funding for the healthcare organization's EMS deficit and ongoing capital expenses beginning in July.
In 2012, South Carolina ranked No. 13 in the nation for food hardship, according to statistics provided by Harvest Hope Food Bank of Columbia. This week, the Chronicle-Independent looks at homelessness in Kershaw County and the many agencies fighting against homelessness and hunger in Kershaw County.
Santee-Lynches Workforce Investment Board recently purchased three laptops for use by patrons of the Kershaw County Library Camden Branch. The Camden Library currently has fourteen public computers. Last year, public computers in the Camden Library were used for over 55,000 sessions. A survey of public computer users suggests that approximately 40 percent of these sessions were related to jobs or education.
The United Way of Kershaw County held a partner agency meeting on March 28 for interested nonprofit agencies wishing to be considered for funding decisions from United Way for 2014/15. Nonprofits must provide direct services to Kershaw County in the category of social services.
The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce (KCCC) will hold its annual Legislative Forum and Reception on Thursday from 5 -8 p.m.
Despite declining to appear at a KershawHealth's Board of Trustees meeting Monday, based on his attorney's advice, Kershaw County Councilman Jimmy Jones took time at Tuesday's county council meeting to comment about the hospital board and administration.
Joe Sexton was recently honored as an Ambassador for Economic Development by the Department of Commerce as part of South Carolina's Industry Appreciation Week. The ceremony took place in Columbia on March 19 on the grounds of the Governor's mansion and highlighted 47 individuals from 46 counties for their exceptional efforts to bolster community and economic development activities in South Carolina.
Kershaw County Council will observe a check presentation and expenditure request from State Solicitor, Dan Johnson at Tuesday's meeting. The check presented will be requested to go towards Kershaw County's Youth Arbitration Program as was discussed at the program's anniversary luncheon on March 15.
The S.C. State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) recently recognized Kershaw County as a South Carolina Work Ready Community in Progress. Kershaw County is one of 34 counties whose applications to become Work Ready communities have been accepted by the state steering committee. Kershaw County earned the designation by demonstrating a commitment in meeting its two-year criteria, which includes improving high school graduation rates, obtaining WorkKeys assessments National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRCs), and having an alignment of community stakeholders in achieving county goals.
The ALPHA Center celebrated its success with the Kershaw County Youth Arbitration Program with a luncheon Friday. Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson attended and presented with an award in honor of his support and funding of the program which began in February 2012.
The Community Playground Project continues to close in on the fundraising goal of $300,000 to build a new playground at the West Wateree Recreation Complex on U.S. 1 between Lugoff and Elgin. The Lugoff Optimist Club presented a $1,000 check to the project Thursday, March 19. Playground Committee Chairperson Laurey Carpenter accepted the check from Henry Powers. The project also raised several thousand dollars Friday, March 20 with a gala and auction, including a "Pie in the Face" contest in which votes were cast by monetary donation.
On a 6-0 unanimous vote, with Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. absent, Kershaw County Council passed a motion which, in part, would make Palmetto Utilities of Richland County responsible for repairing Crab Apple Lane and change the way it discharges wastewater to keep the road from being damaged again.
The Kershaw County Humane Society took a step toward being in its bigger home Wednesday with a groundbreaking ceremony at what will be known as the Meyer-Thiel Animal Adoption Center of Kershaw County. The facility is the former Coca-Cola building on Black River Road on the south edge of Camden and will replace the existing Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter at the corner of Bull and Fair Streets.
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