Kershaw County Councilman Jimmy Jones took time during council's meeting Tuesday to denounce what some have deemed controversial actions by Jeff Mattox, co-chair of the Kershaw County Republican Party. Jones said the local Republican Party has been "hijacked by anti-government extremists" and that "free speech doesn't mean irresponsible speech."
Camden's King Haiglar post office may be on the chopping block. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is looking to cut back on costs. The King Haiglar branch, located in Dusty Bend and which opened in April 2000, is listed as one of 3,700 post offices nationwide under review for closure.
With the economy in historically bad shape, how is it possible for property values in the county to be increasing? That question led someone to circulate a petition at Camden businesses calling for the county assessor's office to withdraw all increases in property values. The petition states that the reassessed values are contrary to reality and that property values have decreased across the nation and in the county.
The city of Camden has asked Kershaw County for financial support should a new recreation center be built in the city. County Council Chairman Gene Wise noted at Thursday's work session that the county's involvement was requested in a letter from Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham. Wise said he informed Graham the county would have to engage in an impact study before officially getting involved.
Q: What has been the biggest area of transition in your move to Kershaw County?
Should a member of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees be removed because he moved out of the neighborhood from which he was appointed?
Kershaw County is one step closer to creating a housing authority following collaborative efforts by Kershaw County Council and the county's legislative delegation, according to Councilman Bobby Gary.
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews expressed no surprise at being served with a $2 million defamation lawsuit by former Sheriff Steve McCaskill.
New Kershaw County Administrator Victor Carpenter kicked off his first work session with Kershaw County Council Thursday with a report on the transition into his new role. Carpenter said his first week did not involve a lot of policy decisions, but provided a great opportunity to meet people. He also noted that Frank Broom, who has served as interim administrator, kept him busy.
Former Kershaw County Sheriff Steve McCaskill is suing Sheriff Jim Matthews for $2 million in a defamation lawsuit filed Thursday at the Kershaw County Courthouse.
Nelson Lindsay, Kershaw County's economic development director since 1997, has been hired by Richland County to fill a similar position. He will become Richland County's first economic development director.
Victor Carpenter officially began work Tuesday as Kershaw County's new administrator. Carpenter said he is excited to be here and is looking forward to getting to know employees, elected officials and needs of the county.
Kershaw County Treasurer Steve Vincent and County Auditor Robin Watkins officially began new terms Friday after being sworn in by Magistrate Roderick M. Todd Jr. at the Kershaw County Government Center.
Kershaw County Council voted 6-1 Tuesday not to increase the vice chairman's and council members' salaries after all.
Each year, Kershaw County officials try to ensure that county vehicles are safe and reliable for their employees. While there is no specific requirement for when the vehicles must come off the road, Assistant County Administrator Allen Trapp said multiple criteria are typically taken into consideration when it comes time to replace older vehicles.
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.
There are 21 bridges that cross bodies of water in Kershaw County owned and, therefore, maintained by the county. Of those, 19 need some level of repair or need to be replaced. In addition, there are two other bridges that are out-of-service that also need to be replaced.
A Richland County wastewater treatment utility company has withdrawn a permit application to discharge treated sewage into a Kershaw County creek.
Fall sports registration is still ongoing through Monday. Those wanting to register and get more information for each sport can visit www.kershawrec.com
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