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County searching for new planning/zoning head

Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter is currently looking for someone new to lead the county's Planning and Zoning Department. Former director John Newman left the position in December after serving since June 2006. Carpenter didn't clarify the cause of Newman's exit, simply categorizing it as a "personnel matter." Assistant County Planner Carolyn Hammond will head the department on an interim basis.

February 06, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Tourism director projects increased rural support

Kershaw County Tourism Director Darron Kirkley anticipates a greater push to attract tourists to more rural parts of the state after hearing tourism trend updates during last week's Governor's Conference on Travel and Tourism.

February 04, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Safety commission seeks answers after meeting

What triggers someone to bully, steal, use drugs or even commit such a violent act as a mass shooting?

February 01, 2013 | | Kershaw County


Horton named to county economic development board

Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Liz Horton will be adding a new element to her role in the business community after being appointed Tuesday to the Kershaw County Economic Advisory Council.

January 25, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Jobless rate edges up in county, state

Although remaining slightly below the state's average, Kershaw County's unemployment rate ticked upward at the end of 2012, reaching 8.1 percent in December compared with 7.9 percent the previous month.

January 23, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


KCC set to name Horton to economic growth group

Kershaw County Council will consider appointing Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Liz Horton to the Kershaw County Economic Advisory Council as a replacement for outgoing member Karen Eckford during Tuesday's meeting.

January 21, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Commission to use SS/HS grant as guide

As plans develop with the Safe Communities Commission (SCC) recently created by Kershaw County Council, a federal grant focusing on safety in schools will serve as a template according to local officials.

January 18, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


KCC launches new public safety commission

Looking to examine ways to protect the community, Kershaw County Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to support the creation of a county wide commission tasked with identifying public safety needs.

January 11, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


New safe schools commission may be created

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan and Kershaw County Board of School Trustees Chair Mara Jones are set to address Kershaw County Council Tuesday concerning the establishment of a county-wide safe schools commission. Morgan said discussions concerning the commission's establishment were tied to December's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

January 07, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


SCDOT funds could provide aid

Recently authorized funds under the Federal Transportation Act could generate a significant impact in the community according to state and local officials.

January 04, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


DHEC grant to aid wastewater treatment plant

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) recently awarded a $534,000 grant to Kershaw County to construct a new septage receiving station at the county's waste water treatment plant. Septage is the waste content found in a septic tank.

January 02, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Wise looks back at 2012, ahead to 2013

Reflecting on the past year, Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise said county government should have "no regrets" as far as 2012 and expressed optimism heading into the new year. Wise said the county is moving in a positive direction by incorporating more strategic planning and cultivating a business mentality.

December 31, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


New Bethune Rec Center opens its doors

A new recreation center in the town of Bethune is up and running, according to Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter.

December 28, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Gary’s KCC tenure comes to a close

Bobby Gary concluded his final meeting as a member of Kershaw County Council Dec. 12 surrounded by a round of applause and a resolution honoring his service.

December 24, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


Santa to visit government center

Santa Claus will visit the Kershaw County Government Center Friday.

December 17, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Kershaw County


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Kershaw Conservation District Poster contest winners

The Kershaw Conservation District sponsored the "Dig Deeper- Mysteries in the Soil" poster contest last Spring. 138 posters were entered in the contest, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards were given, along with Honorable Mentions. The contest was open to students in grades K through 12, in public, private, and homeschool settings. First place winners, in each category, went to the state competition, and were judged by the SC Association of Conservation Districts. The two state winners were Lugoff-Elgin High School student Kristen Nygaard and Camden Middle School student Mary Dawson Lindsay. Their entries are now being judged on ...

January 30, 2015 | | Kershaw County


911 call center can now receive text messages

Kershaw County is leading South Carolina as the state's first county to have the ability for its 911 emergency call center to receive text messages. Officials demonstrated the new technology during a special presentation Tuesday afternoon in the county council chamber inside the Kershaw County Government Center.

January 30, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


County council tables EMS issue

Kershaw County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to table the issue of who will provide the county with emergency medical services (EMS). KershawHealth currently provides the service, but with the pending lease of hospital real estate and purchase of its furniture, fixtures and equipment to Capella Healthcare, a private company in Franklin, Tenn., who will take responsibility for providing, and funding, EMS is undecided.

January 30, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


State gives $1.5 million to CCTC for expansion

The expansion of higher education opportunities in Kershaw County took a major step forward Monday as the state of South Carolina presented Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) in Camden a $1.5 million check to help with that facility's growth. State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk and Sen. Thomas McElveen attended the presentation ceremony at the CCTC campus near I-20.

January 28, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


KCC to hear text to 911 presentation

Kershaw County Council will hear a presentation Tuesday night by Kirk Stropes, the county's E911 deputy director, on a new system where people can text emergencies to 911. It is one of three presentations on council's agenda for the evening.

January 26, 2015 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County


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