In 2012, South Carolina ranked No. 13 in the nation for food hardship, according to statistics provided by Harvest Hope Food Bank of Columbia. This week, the Chronicle-Independent looks at homelessness in Kershaw County and the many agencies fighting against homelessness and hunger in Kershaw County.
Santee-Lynches Workforce Investment Board recently purchased three laptops for use by patrons of the Kershaw County Library Camden Branch. The Camden Library currently has fourteen public computers. Last year, public computers in the Camden Library were used for over 55,000 sessions. A survey of public computer users suggests that approximately 40 percent of these sessions were related to jobs or education.
The United Way of Kershaw County held a partner agency meeting on March 28 for interested nonprofit agencies wishing to be considered for funding decisions from United Way for 2014/15. Nonprofits must provide direct services to Kershaw County in the category of social services.
Despite declining to appear at a KershawHealth's Board of Trustees meeting Monday, based on his attorney's advice, Kershaw County Councilman Jimmy Jones took time at Tuesday's county council meeting to comment about the hospital board and administration.
Joe Sexton was recently honored as an Ambassador for Economic Development by the Department of Commerce as part of South Carolina's Industry Appreciation Week. The ceremony took place in Columbia on March 19 on the grounds of the Governor's mansion and highlighted 47 individuals from 46 counties for their exceptional efforts to bolster community and economic development activities in South Carolina.
Kershaw County Council will observe a check presentation and expenditure request from State Solicitor, Dan Johnson at Tuesday's meeting. The check presented will be requested to go towards Kershaw County's Youth Arbitration Program as was discussed at the program's anniversary luncheon on March 15.
The S.C. State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) recently recognized Kershaw County as a South Carolina Work Ready Community in Progress. Kershaw County is one of 34 counties whose applications to become Work Ready communities have been accepted by the state steering committee. Kershaw County earned the designation by demonstrating a commitment in meeting its two-year criteria, which includes improving high school graduation rates, obtaining WorkKeys assessments National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRCs), and having an alignment of community stakeholders in achieving county goals.
The ALPHA Center celebrated its success with the Kershaw County Youth Arbitration Program with a luncheon Friday. Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson attended and presented with an award in honor of his support and funding of the program which began in February 2012.
Kershaw County Council unanimously approved third and final reading of an ordinance to amend the county's Unified Code of Zoning and Land Development Regulations with regard to family exemptions. The amendment allows families owning land to subdivide their property into more lots on which family members can reside. The current code restricts such divisions by regulating access via roads or driveways.
The Kershaw County Recreation Department (KCRD) is back under its own roof after a recent flooding issue as a result from rain and a malfunctioning toilet. KCRD staff moved to the Kershaw County Government Center for two weeks while repairs were made to damaged carpeting and floors; paint touchups and some furniture replacement took place as well.
After analyzing a variety of student survey responses related to community safety, the Kershaw County Safe Communities Commission concluded Thursday that bullying will be one of the group's first areas of concentration. Commission Chairman Kevin Rhodes indicated the group's efforts are moving in a positive direction after reviewing student feedback generated from the county's Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) grant.
Kershaw County Council explored the possibility of implementing a gun discharge ordinance Tuesday after hearing complaints from local residents and law enforcement officials. But before council even began discussing the possible change, Councilman Stephen Smoak asked county staff why the item was actually placed on Tuesday's agenda.