Legislation introduced in the S.C. House of Representatives could change the way Cassatt Water Company handles its finances. If passed, the company would be converted from a private, non-profit entity to a public utility, allowing the company to cut costs and more efficiently initiate $16 million worth of capital improvements.
In its fourth decade, the Santee Wateree Rural Transit Authority (SWRTA) continues to provide services to Kershaw County. However, changes to the agency's funding may cause the SWRTA to cut some of those services, according to Executive Director Ann August.
Kershaw County Councilman Stephen Smoak reached out to the city of Camden during county council's meeting Tuesday, trying to gauge the city's support for a joint venture with the county to replace Rhame Arena.
Ann August of the Santee Wateree Regional Transit Authority (SWRTA) presented Kershaw County Council with a request for additional funding during a public presentation at Tuesday's council meeting.
Kershaw County continues to look for cost-saving measures after the success of a reverse auction last fall for the bulk purchase of paper.
S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) Sgt. Tom Borowski informed Kershaw County Council at its meeting Tuesday that the number of fatal crashes in the county has dropped since the creation of the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) traffic enforcement unit. Borowski, commander of the SCHP unit patrolling Kershaw and Lee counties, also said the county continues to make progress in its effort to crack down on the number of traffic collisions and DUI fatalities.
A Florence-based technology company approached Kershaw County Council with a unique business opportunity at its work session Thursday. Ronnie Wyche, vice president of sales of GlobalCo Central, outlined a countywide fiber optic broadband project being developed by the company.
"I somewhat expected a lull at the end of the year, but that hasn't been the case," said Kershaw County Economic Development Director Peggy McLean, referring to the level of business activity experienced toward the end of 2011.
A proposed Southern Campaign of the Revolution National Heritage Area (NHA) did not meet National Park Service (NPS) criteria necessary to receive the designation, according to a draft of a suitability/feasibility study published in November. Public meetings are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Robert Mills Courthouse on South Broad Street to discuss the draft study.
Kershaw County Council unanimously voted 5-0 to settle a three-year-long tax dispute with Weylchem, a chemical company with U.S. operations based in Elgin, during a special 8:30 a.m. meeting Tuesday.
Kershaw County Council finalized approximately $60 million worth of investment deals at its meeting Tuesday after completing fee-in-lieu-of-taxes (FILOT) agreements with Southeast Renewable Energy (SRE) and INVISTA.
A service fee proposal by the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) has garnered both praise and criticism from county council members looking to define the scope of such fees for the use of off-duty deputies. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said the primary purpose of the proposed fee is to entice off-duty sheriff's deputies to work events like funerals, school functions and community gatherings.
The Kershaw County Government Center has looked a little more like Santa's workshop lately as county offices have been decked out with candy canes, garland, and all kinds of other holiday decorations.
Kershaw County Council and County Administrator Vic Carpenter looked to stay ahead of the curve at Thursday's work session by beginning preliminary discussions over the county's upcoming budget.
Construction plans to finishing rebuilding the Bethune Recreation Center have stalled as the project's contractor has "defaulted on the job," according to Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter.
The newly-formed Kershaw County Firearms Discharge Committee met Monday and took the first steps toward crafting a compromise ordinance that could satisfy gun enthusiasts as well as property owners with concerns about firearms being used in their neighborhoods.
Newly-hired Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb received some good news at Bethune Town Council's meeting Thursday. After a brief executive session discussion near the end of the meeting, council unanimously voted to give Cobb a $500 a year pay raise and provide him with a cell phone paid for by the town. The raise brings the part-time chief's annual pay to $16,000.
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