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.
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.
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.
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.
Boykin's Spring Fling will celebrate history and horses. The South Carolina Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site will host the Boykin Spring Fling Trail Ride on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m., with the last riders leaving at 1 p.m. This trail ride is not timed and provides a unique opportunity for riders of all ages to explore scenic private farms and woods in the historic Boykin community.
Qualifying government agencies and nonprofit organizations wanting to protect fish and wildlife habitats along the Catawba-Wateree River and its tributaries are encouraged to submit applications for grants provided by Duke Energy's Catawba-Wateree Habitat Enhancement Program (CWHEP).
Kershaw County Council recognized and honored Bobby T. Jones, life-long Kershaw County resident, educator and public servant at its meeting Tuesday. Council unanimously approved and presented a proclamation to Jones.