Bethune's work to repair and refurbish the town's aging water tower took a big step toward being completed Thursday when Kershaw County Councilman Tom Gardner presented Bethune Town Council a $33,000 check from the county.
During a special called meeting Thursday, Kershaw County Council approved the KershawHealth Board of Trustees' decision to draft a letter of intent concerning a deal between the county's public healthcare system and a partnership comprised of Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).
Kershaw County Council bade farewell to a councilman and its chairman at its last regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday. Council normally would have a second meeting this month, but cancelled it due to the Dec. 23 date falling so close to Christmas.
Kershaw County Council will consider Tuesday providing financial incentives to Hengst Inc. to continue with an $8.5 million expansion expected to create 20 new jobs. The proposal is on council's agenda Tuesday night, council's only meeting for the month.
Santa Claus is coming to town, as the song goes, and children 12 and under can meet him in person and take a photo Thursday at the Kershaw County Government Center, 515 Walnut St., Camden. Santa will be in the upstairs administration lobby from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. and again from 2 to 4 p.m. Some of Santa's elves will also be there, helping out and collecting letters to Santa to be forwarded to the North Pole. Here, Rhett Hughes, son of Kershaw County Human Resources Manager Leigh Hughes, with Santa.
The Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter in Camden recently received a major donation. George Sensor donated a van to the shelter to transport animals to veterinary facilities, foster homes and to other shelter facilities and rescue groups where the animals may be adopted.
Property owners with land around Lake Wateree may be receiving good news, thanks to a recent study commissioned by Kershaw and Fairfield counties finding the base flood elevation for the lake is higher than needed. The lake lies in both counties.
Camden High School and the Kershaw County Recreation Department are hosting the Michael Kohn Baseball Camp on December 14, 1-4 p.m.. The camp will be held at the American Legion Baseball Field and is open for children ages 7-14. The old CLC gym will be the back up location in the event of bad weather. The cost is $25.
Kershaw County is in good financial condition, according to the annual audit of the county books by the accounting firm Sheheen, Hancock & Godwin. The firm's Mark Wood presented the audit summary at Kershaw County Council's meeting Tuesday. Wood said the audit was completed earlier than usual this year at the county's request so it would be concluded before newly-elected Council Chairman Julian Burns and Councilman Dennis Arledge take office in January.
Kershaw County Council will consider a relatively short agenda when they meet Tuesday. The accounting firm of Sheheen, Hancock and Godwin is scheduled to present the county's annual audit report to council.
Owners of "blighted properties" in Bethune may end up paying for not cleaning up their properties.
Kershaw County Council will not consider any new ordinances regulating the use of firearms in unincorporated areas of the county, at least not in the near future.
Former Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Capt. David Thomley is dropping his lawsuit against Sheriff Jim Matthews. Thomley lost the Republican nomination to Matthews in 2010, who went on to be elected sheriff in that year's general election. Thomley lost again to Matthews this July when the sheriff beat him in the Republican primary and there were no Democratic contenders.
Kershaw County Council may soon consider a newly-written firearms discharge ordinance. The county's Firearms Discharge Advisory Committee will make a presentation during council's meeting Tuesday.
The Kershaw County Recreation Department along with SAFE Federal Credit Union and Kimbrell's Furniture will host Trick or Treat Trail, a "Boostastic time for the whole family" today from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rhame City Arena located on 517 Broad Street. There will be family activities, candy and more. Contact the Kershaw County Parks and Recreation office at 425-6009
On a 6-0 unanimous vote, with Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. absent, Kershaw County Council passed a motion which, in part, would make Palmetto Utilities of Richland County responsible for repairing Crab Apple Lane and change the way it discharges wastewater to keep the road from being damaged again.
The Kershaw County Humane Society took a step toward being in its bigger home Wednesday with a groundbreaking ceremony at what will be known as the Meyer-Thiel Animal Adoption Center of Kershaw County. The facility is the former Coca-Cola building on Black River Road on the south edge of Camden and will replace the existing Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter at the corner of Bull and Fair Streets.
S.C. Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) Director Dr. Beverly Buscemi recently visited the Kershaw County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs (KCBDSN) to speak with families about how services and care for their loved ones will be affected in the next year due to budget expansion and legislation.
Less than a year ago, in April 2014, Palmetto Utilities Inc., a Richland County-based company with a wastewater treatment facility along Spears Creek in Kershaw County, asked Kershaw County Council to officially support its application for a permit to discharge wastewater into the creek. Currently, Palmetto utilizes a sandpit treatment method.
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