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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recently authorized funds under the Federal Transportation Act could generate a significant impact in the community according to state and local officials.
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.
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.
A new recreation center in the town of Bethune is up and running, according to Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter.
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.
Santa Claus will visit the Kershaw County Government Center Friday.
"It is the holiday season," Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise said during council's meeting Tuesday night.
Austin Meyer was driving along I-77 in Columbia a number of years ago, thinking about a design for a single-engine jet plane. Meyer, who's designed airplanes for most of his adult life, figured the new jet could get him -- or anyone else, for that matter, where they were going just a little faster. It would just take a bit of engineering … and a few million dollars.
Kershaw County Council will consider third reading and hold a public hearing concerning a five-year review of the county's comprehensive plan during its meeting Tuesday.
A $55 solid waste fee approved by Kershaw County Council in June will help complete capital needs estimated to cost as much as $1.5 million during the next five years, according to Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter.
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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