Visitors to the Kershaw County Economic Development Office (KCEDO) have been greeted with a new face lately after the recent hiring of Lauren Branham as a marketing and administrative assistant. Branham, a 2012 graduate of Clemson University, will be serving a variety of functions under Economic Development Director Peggy McLean.
Despite not taking any formal vote, Kershaw County Council tried to hash out details Tuesday on making new appointments to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees. During the meeting's council/administrator briefing period, County Administrator Vic Carpenter presented recommendations for making appointments, but noted council could revise his proposal.
Aiming to get county tax notices out by October, Kershaw County Council unanimously approved first reading in title only of an ordinance setting the county's millage rate during its meeting Tuesday. County Administrator Vic Carpenter explained that approving the ordinance on first reading in title only allows council to flesh out the actual "body" of the ordinance before council's meeting Sept. 11.
Kershaw County Council is set to take up first reading in title only of an ordinance setting the millage rate during its meeting Tuesday. County Administrator Vic Carpenter said first reading of the ordinance will help initiate preliminary work needed to get county tax notices out by Oct. 1.
Members of the Lake Wateree Association (LWA) are currently working on a series of new safety initiatives to enhance life at the lake. Former LWA Chairman Ron Kadan said the push for improved safety measures was recently initiated after members of the organization reflected on a deadly boating accident along the shores of Lake Murray in Richland County.
Officials advised town of Bethune residents to boil their water for approximately 24 hours starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Bethune Town Clerk Janice Hunter said a water pressure valve failed to work properly, causing the problem.
Kershaw County Council is set to hear a millage rate increase proposal from Kershaw County School District (KCSD) officials during Tuesday's council meeting. County Administrator Vic Carpenter said the bulk of the presentation will be related to the millage and the overall budget, but also indicated KCSD officials may address other topics.
The finish line for the completion of the new Bethune Recreation Center is now closer to fruition according to Kershaw County officials. The opening of the facility has experienced a lingering delay after problems sprang up involving the project's first contractor.
Members of the Kershaw County Housing Authority traveled to Lake City and Sumter Monday to gather advice on moving forward with affordable housing projects in the community. Kershaw County United Way President Donnie Supplee, who helped spearhead efforts to establish a local housing authority, said it was a very informative trip.
Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise has indicated he would like to see a greater emphasis placed on selecting KershawHealth Broad of Trustees members. During council's July 10 meeting, Wise said he would like council to formally vet individuals applying for the board.
Progress on the deal that will create a strategic partnership between KershawHealth and a Tennessee healthcare company reportedly continues forward, but the parties involved, including Kershaw County, have agreed to extend the negotiations an additional 30 days while the final details are sorted out.
Kershaw County recently received a $500,000 grant from the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (SCRIA). The money will be used to complete a water line to Governor's Hill Industrial Park, according to Kershaw County officials.
Kershaw County Council meets Tuesday, with public hearings on, and third and final readings of, four ordinances which affect county planning and zoning on the agenda. The matters in question all passed their first two readings unanimously.