"Kershaw County is open for business" is the mantra Kershaw County Councilman Julian Burns often uses to summarize his vision for bringing industries and other businesses to the area. Burns used it again as his theme, with assistance from County Administrator Vic Carpenter on Friday morning during a Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse.
Robert "Bobby" Gary took his seat on Kershaw County Council representing District 1 residents for the second time in six years. District 1 voters first elected Gary to the seat in 2008 and voted him in again during a special election in late March.
In an effort to help reduce the mosquito population, Kershaw County is offering free Mosquito Dunks to all county households and businesses. Mosquito Dunks are biological control discs which are deployed in standing water. One Mosquito Dunk treats 100 square feet of water surface and can be broken into several portions to treat multiple trouble spots. Each environmentally safe, nontoxic disc works up to 30 days and kills mosquitoes before they are old enough to bite.
The Kershaw County Probate Court will host its second annual Probate Process Workshop on Friday, April 29 at 9 a.m. at the Kershaw County Courthouse, 1121 Broad St., Room 207, Camden. The workshop will be led by Kershaw County Probate Judge Debbie Branham and is free and open to the public.
Less than a month ago, Kershaw County Council approved third and final reading of an ordinance rezoning 5.18 acres of land along U.S. 1 from rural to general development in order to facilitate the proposed construction of a Family Dollar store. The parcel, which has a Cassatt address is approximately half-way between Camden and Cassatt.
Near the end of Kershaw County Council's Feb. 9 meeting, Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter announced the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had reviewed a study commissioned and paid for in part by the county on Lake Wateree elevations and their impact on flood insurance. Carpenter said at the time FEMA agreed changes needed to be made which could mean the owners of approximately 600 lots in Kershaw County would no longer be required to purchase flood insurance. He said it would take between 16 and 24 months to finalize the change.
With a 5-1 vote during its March 8 meeting, a majority of Kershaw County Council endorsed the final draft of the VisionKershaw 2030 report. Presented by Heritage Bank Vice President Dennis Stuber, a member of the core group working on the vision document, and Santee-Lynches Council of Governments Economic and Community Sustainability Director Kyle Kelly, VisionKershaw 2030 lays out the framework for economic growth; effective land use; county service excellence; quality infrastructure and transportation; and a lifetime of education, health, culture and recreation for the next 14 years.