Motorists traveling through Bethune lately have likely noticed a four-way stop installed at the intersection of U.S. 1 and S.C. 341 in the heart of town. That will soon be changed to an electronic traffic light, which is what Bethune Town Council and Police Chief Joey Cobb have wanted all along.
Kershaw County Council is considering issuing general obligation bonds to fund economic development projects, but details of any projects and expected costs have yet to be determined. The issue was a major topic of discussion at council's meeting Tuesday.
Earlier this summer, a family contacted the United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) saying it wanted to donate a piano. The piano would end up with the Kershaw County Council on Aging (COA), a UWKC partner agency.
The town of Bethune recently received an $8,000 Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) Grant town leaders said brings a fundraising effort to buy a programmable message sign for the town to its $25,000 goal.
Friday, volunteers from the United Way of Kershaw County and various businesses joined forces to help renovate Lil' Angels Child Development off of McRae Road in east Camden. The center is affiliated with 4K First Steps South Carolina and focuses on early childcare education.
The United Way of Kershaw County geared up for its 2016 fundraising campaign with a luncheon at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse for representatives from industrial sites throughout the county. Each year, the UWKC uses campaign donations to serve those in need in Kershaw County through funding its now 18 partner agencies.
The West Wateree Community Playground project has surpassed its fundraising goal and will break ground in late August. Playground Steering Committee Chair Laurey Carpenter made the announcement to Kershaw County Council during its meeting Tuesday evening. The state-of-the-art playground is being funded entirely with private donations and grants, with no tax money requested nor offered. Council voted last year to provide the space for the playground at the West Wateree Athletic Complex along U.S. 1 between Lugoff and Elgin.
With drought conditions continuing to plague the South Carolina Upstate and Midlands, Duke Energy is asking residents along the Catawba-Wateree river and lakes systems to conserve water usage. Duke is asking for voluntary restrictions to landscape watering by limiting such irrigation to Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Kershaw County Council will receive a final update on the Community Playground Project between Lugoff and Elgin during its meeting Tuesday evening. The playground is being funded completely by private donations and will be built on land provided by county council at the West Wateree Athletic Complex on U.S. 1.
With Kershaw County growing at a steady pace, the county government is looking to the future and asking for citizen input on priorities and concerns for the next 15 years and beyond. State law requires counties to have a comprehensive plan and update it every 10 years. Kershaw County Planning and Zoning Department Director Carolyn Hammond said she and county planners realize their role as public servants and want to know in which direction county residents and taxpayers want to go.
Kershaw County Council held a relatively short meeting Tuesday which included the unanimous passage of a resolution honoring the years of service and valuable innovations by recently retired county Treasurer Steve Vincent.