Lugoff Fire Department (LFD) Chief Dennis Ray had some good news for Kershaw County Council Tuesday: there would be no tax increase of the Lugoff Fire District. Ray said that after completing its Fiscal Year 2014 budget, a tax increase was not necessary.
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews wants to pay his deputies more money in an effort to keep them on staff instead of losing them to other agencies. Matthews told Kershaw County Council members during a work session Thursday that the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) is becoming a training ground, and that the level of staff experience is decreasing as he loses valuable personnel.
Several Lake Wateree residents reported that their docks were underwater or inaccessible due to high lake levels Thursday. Duke Energy, which operates dams along the Catawba River basin, of which Lake Wateree is a part, alerted residents earlier this week to prepare for the rising water. It said significant rainfall had led the company to open spillways and floodgates along the chain so that water could flow at a "measured pace" to protect low-lying homes.
Around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Duke Energy opened a gate by 15 feet at Cedar Creek, just upstream from Lake Wateree. According to a copy of an email message sent by Duke Energy to members of the Lake Wateree Association, the company opened the gate due to significant rainfall in the Catawba-Wateree River Basin.
Community leaders from Kershaw County gathered April 30 with Connect South Carolina at the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce to discuss a broadband expansion effort. The program is designed with goals to bridge the technology gap, boost the economy and also prepare the ground for innovations.
The results of an eight-month-long planning process will be unveiled at a public meeting May 9 on a new pathways plan for the county. Eat Smart, Move More Kershaw County (ESMMKC) commissioned the Kershaw County Bicycle, Pedestrian and Greenways Plan as a way to encourage healthy living.
Kershaw County Council determined Tuesday how it will go about filling three slots on the KershawHealth Board of Trustees this fall. Board Chairman Scott Ziemke and trustees George Corbin and Don Witham are rotating off the board Sept. 30 after six years of service each.
The Kershaw County Republican Women (KCRW) recently took on new leadership and has elected four new officers who are committed to taking the KCRW to the next level. KCRW President, Kim Demer says, "I am excited about the extraordinary leadership team we have assembled, all of whom are women committed to advancing the conservative cause in our community."
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.
What live community theater or musical performances would you like to see or, even better, be part of in Camden? That's the question being asked by the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County as it reaches out to the community for input on how better to interact with the public in fun and productive ways.
The town of Bethune is getting traffic assistance from the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) with the installation of a four-way stop at the intersection of U.S. 1 (King Street) and S.C. 341 (Main Street). The intersection currently has flashing yellow caution lights for U.S. 1 traffic and flashing red stop lights for S.C. 341.
Kershaw County District 2 Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. has changed his residence, but still lives in District 2, which keeps him eligible to serve on council. Tucker said a pending divorce resulted in his home on Spring Hill Road being foreclosed and, during the past several weeks, he has been staying with a relative.