Debate continued at Kershaw County Council's meeting Tuesday over funding for emergency situations. At its last meeting, council passed first reading of an ordinance that would amend the county's procurement code to account for emergency funding. The amendment allows County Administrator Vic Carpenter to expend up to $25,000 for emergency purposes as long as he informs council of the purchase. Any such funding over the $25,000 limit would have to go to council for a vote.
The United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) hopes to secure an extended lease for the Holsten Center, which also houses Department of Social Services and Medicaid offices. The UWKC is awaiting word on the lease from Kershaw County Council, which is slated to make a decision at its Aug. 6 meeting.
Kershaw County Council spent time during a special work session Thursday discussing two items. One of those items was a request from Palmetto Utilities President Stan Jones. The request involves Palmetto Utilities applying for a permit to allow wastewater to be discharged into Spears Creek rather than the Wateree River. The move would place the discharge adjacent to an already established Palmetto Utilities treatment plant there.
Many of Kershaw County's contribution agencies were able to rest easy after Tuesday's Kershaw County Council meeting. After failing to pass as an amendment to the fiscal year 2013-14 budget during the third reading at the previous meeting, council passed an amendment reinstating funding to the county's contribution agencies."
Once again, the water levels at Lake Wateree have been higher than normal. Beginning Friday, Duke Energy began releasing updates on the situation. Duke Energy first said that the lake level was not expected to exceed 100 feet, but the number changed rapidly and Duke now says the lake level is not expected to exceed 102.5 feet. Though Duke does not expect the levels to exceed that amount, it does expect it to stay around 102 feet for at least several days due to a rainy forecast for the remainder of the week as well as the basin's ...
Kershaw County Council will reconsider the Fiscal Year 2014 budget, which it passed on third and final reading on June 25.
Now that the town of Bethune no longer has a police department to fund, it will have a $29,557 surplus on hand for the 2014 fiscal year that started July 1. Bethune Town Council passed third and final reading of the budget at a special June 27 meeting.
Kershaw County has a new assessor.
A practice known as "Chinese overtime" will continue at the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) for the foreseeable future. As part of its vote on the county's Fiscal Year 2014 budget Tuesday, Kershaw County Council declined to provide the KCSO with additional funding to end the practice of paying deputies approximately half-time for each hour of overtime they work."
This camp is offered for girls ages 7 - 13. Camp dates are July 8-12 and will be at the CHS softball field from 9 a.m. to Noon. Learn fundamental skills of fast pitch softball or improve your skills in the camp. Daily sessions will include defensive play, base running and hitting. Instructing the camp will be Camden High Softball Coach, Lynn Looney along with other CHS coaches and local players assisting. The cost is $60. Pre-registration is required by July 3.
Joe Eason, director of the Florence County Parks and Recreation Department, will become the new director of the Kershaw County Recreation Department. Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter made the announcement earlier this month at Kershaw County Council's June 11 meeting.
A new fence under construction is part of security upgrades being made at the Kershaw County Courthouse. According to Kershaw County Administrator Vic Carpenter, the upgrades are being made due to pressure from South Carolina Chief Justice Jean H. Toal and a review of the state's courthouses. He said upgrades being made at the Kershaw County Courthouse are a result of recommendations by a panel that includes those who use courthouses, such as judges. Carpenter said findings showed that the courthouse is deficient in terms of safety, with security methods dating back to the 1960s.
Kershaw County Council will discuss the Kershaw County School District's (KCSD) recent millage request during its meeting Tuesday. According to its agenda, council will discuss the request after third and final reading of the county's proposed 2013-14 fiscal year budget. KCSD is requesting an additional 3.5 mills from the county.
Kershaw County recently purchased several homes and the lots they sit on as part of an effort to expand the Kershaw County Airport's safety zone at Woodward Field.
Kershaw County's insurance carrier will pay former Kershaw County Sheriff Steve McCaskill $75,000 to settle his defamation lawsuit against the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO). The lawsuit and four others were originally directed against current Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews as an individual over comments he made soon after taking office in 2011. However, Matthews has maintained he was speaking as a county official, so all the lawsuits were redirected against the KCSO.
By GARY PHILLIPS
Dr. Frank Morgan, superintendent of the Kershaw County School District, received the Jake Watson Award during the United Way of Kershaw County's (UWKC) annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Thursday evening.
Bethune Town Council approved a 5 percent pay raise for Town Clerk Gayle Rogerson during its meeting Thursday. The unanimous vote came following an executive session at the end of the meeting. Mayor Charles McCoy said Rogerson has a lot of responsibility at town hall.
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