Kershaw County Council completed its final budget workshop Thursday in anticipation of first reading of the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget during Tuesday's meeting.
Kershaw County Council unanimously voted to approve and adopt a new 10-year recreational master plan during its May 8 meeting.
Kershaw County Council sat stone-faced in council chambers Tuesday as, one by one, 13 county residents got up and resoundingly voiced their opposition to a proposal to hand most of Sheriff Jim Matthews' power to a new county police force.
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews has introduced plans to remove resource officers from three schools located in Camden at the end of the current school year. Matthews addressed Kershaw County Council during a May 1 budget workshop and said he needs more officers "on the road" after analyzing the resources in his department.
Should a county police department take over most of the duties of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO)?
Kershaw County Council unanimously voted Tuesday to appoint three county residents to the Capital Projects Sales Tax Commission. Members of council voted to choose Sherwood "Woody" Cleveland, Ray McElveen and Don Terrell to serve on the commission, which was created March 27. Council Vice Chairman Sammie Tucker Jr. introduced plans for the creation of the committee during council's March 13 meeting in order to investigate a possible 1-cent tax for capital projects.
"We're not expecting them to go out and be the cash cow of Kershaw County," said Kershaw County Councilman Tom Gardner at council's meeting Tuesday, referring to the Kershaw County Sheriff Office's (KCSO) traffic enforcement unit.
Kershaw County Councilman Jimmy Jones joined County Administrator Vic Carpenter and several members of county staff Monday as part of a town hall meeting at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School.
Kershaw County Council moved one step closer to eliminating both the recreation and finance committees from council's rules and order of business during its Tuesday meeting.
County Council Chairman Gene Wise says revenue figures for the Kershaw County Sheriff Office's (KCSO) traffic enforcement unit just aren't adding up. Wise expressed concerns about the revenues earned by the unit and the amount of fines being handed out by the magistrate's office during a county council budget workshop Thursday.
"Let me make one thing very clear to my colleagues: you will not shut me up," Councilman Jimmy Jones said at Kershaw County Council's Tuesday meeting in response to a proposal to permanently eliminate council briefings from meetings.
A countywide broadband Internet access project being developed by Florence-based GlobalCo Central is unlikely to be approved by Kershaw County Council in the near future, according to county officials.
Eighty recreation league volunteers recently became certified baseball and softball coaches as part of the Kershaw County Recreation Department's coaching clinic.
Construction of the Bethune Recreational Center is about 90 percent complete, according to Kershaw County officials.
The call has gone out for Kershaw County and the city of Camden's new tourism director. Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter said a job description has been prepared and the position is being advertised across South Carolina. Camden and Kershaw County announced plans to create the new position during a Feb. 9 county council work session.
Kershaw County Parks and Recreation will host its 15th annual Senior Golf Tournament (ages 50 and up). The tournament will be held on Friday, September 26 at the White Pines Golf Club in Camden. There will be a Shotgun Start at 9 a.m.
Residents of Bethune and the surrounding area appear to be hoping a referendum to authorize Phase 2 of the Kershaw County School District's facilities equalization program fails in the November general election.
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