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Wise will not seek reelection as county council chair

Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise announced his decision Wednesday not to seek reelection as council chairman. Wise cited personal reasons for his decision and said a major factor is his plan to also retire from his position as director of the Target Distribution Center in Lugoff. He has been with Target more than 45 years.

February 07, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


County treasurer not running for reelection

Kershaw County Treasurer Steve Vincent is announcing that he will not seek reelection to the post he has held for 17 years.

February 05, 2014 | | Politics


Crissman entering District 5 council race

A second candidate has announced his intention to run for the District 5 seat on Kershaw County Council. Councilman Stephen Smoak announced earlier this month he is not seeking reelection after serving two, four-year terms. East Camden businessman Jimmie "Jimbo" Crissman, 37, was born and raised in the Fifth District. He has owned Camden Gold & Silver more than four years and said that experience would be helpful on council.

January 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Reuwer announces probate judge run

David Paul Reuwer, a local attorney, historian and tour guide, is announcing his candidacy for Kershaw County Probate Judge. Reuwer said probate judges must be skilled in the laws and administration of wills, estates, trusts, conservatorship and marriage.

January 24, 2014 | | Politics


Branham to run for probate judge

A Camden woman with 20 years experience in the legal field has announced her intention to run for Kershaw County Probate Judge. Current Judge Harriett Pierce recently announced she would not seek reelection after serving 38 years.

January 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Few announces run for S.C. Superintendent of Education

Sheri Few, a Kershaw County education activist and leading Common Core opponent, announced her candidacy for state superintendent of education Friday, calling the race a "national referendum on Common Core." Few provided the Chronicle-Independent with a press release and a copy of a speech she gave Friday.

January 20, 2014 | | Politics


Arledge running for KCC Seat 5

Camden insurance agent Dennis G. Arledge plans to run for the District 5 seat on Kershaw County Council. Councilman Stephen Smoak, who currently holds Seat No. 5, recently announced he will not seek reelection after serving two four-year terms. Arledge has owned and operated his Allstate agency for 18 years.

January 17, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


West wants to be Kershaw County’s next coroner

David West said he has such respect for the men he worked for as a Kershaw County deputy coroner, that he waited until the current coroner decided not to run for reelection before officially putting his hat in the ring. West, who once served as deputy coroner for close to 15 years under former Coroner Tommy Horton and current Coroner Johnny Fellers, said he has wanted to be coroner for years.

January 15, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Delegation talks economics at annual ALPHA Center event

Local government leaders and state legislators took the opportunity to meet with constituents Wednesday at The ALPHA Center's 10th annual legislative briefing. ALPHA Center Executive Director Paul Napper welcomed the crowd and said the informal event was designed for people to have face-to-face discussions with their representatives in Columbia.

January 10, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Pierce decides to leave probate judgeship behind

The woman who has served as Kershaw County's probate judge for 36 years announced this week she will not seek reelection. Probate Judge Harriett Pierce said it's time to let someone else take the reins.

January 08, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Fellers not running for Kershaw County Coroner again

Johnny Fellers, Kershaw County's coroner for more than 20 years, will no longer be coroner after this November's election. Fellers, who also served as a deputy coroner for eight years prior to first being elected coroner in 1993, announced Monday he would not be running for reelection this fall.

January 08, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Smoak not running for reelection in 2014

Kershaw County Council District 5 will have a new representative no matter who wins this November's election. That's because Councilman Stephen Smoak, 39, who has also served as council's vice chairman, is not running for reelection.

January 03, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Hartis to run for Kershaw County Council chair

Eugene "Gene" Hartis, who recently retired as a Kershaw County magistrate, is announcing his intention to run for Kershaw County Council chairman as a Republican.

December 24, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Politics


Sheheen speaks to Golden Club of Kershaw County

Democratic State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, of Camden, brought his gubernatorial campaign home Thursday, speaking to a meeting of the Golden Club of Kershaw County.

November 11, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Politics


Charles McCoy is elected new Bethune mayor

For the first time in a generation, Bethune will have a new mayor. In Tuesday's election, Bethune residents chose Charles McCoy as its new mayor. McCoy will take office Jan. 1, replacing Carlisle Davis who has been mayor for 24 years.

November 08, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Politics


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Election 2014: Three vie for two Camden City Council seats

A former mayor and two political newcomers are vying for two seats on Camden City Council during Tuesday's general election. Deborah Davis, Jeffrey Graham and Bob Davis are the three names city of Camden voters will see on the ballot. They seek to fill seats being vacated by councilmen Walter Long and Willard Polk, who announced earlier this year that they are not seeking reelection.

October 31, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Election 2014: KCSD, Sunday sales referenda explained

Tuesday, voters will go to the polls to vote for their choice of candidates for a variety of offices ranging from governor to Camden City Council seats. Voters are also being given a chance to determine whether or not the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) should move ahead with a series of $130 million 20-year bond-funded facility projects and levy a 1-cent sales tax for 15 years to repay those bonds. In addition, voters will decide whether or not to lift a county-wide ban on Sunday alcohol sales.

October 29, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Politics


KCC chair, probate judge candidates appear at forum

The Republican and Democratic candidates for Kershaw County Council chairman and Kershaw County probate judge appeared at the third and final "Educated Voter Forum" on Thursday evening at Lugoff-Elgin High School. The event, sponsored by the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Kershaw County Teacher Forum, saw the candidates answer both prepared questions and ones submitted by the audience.

October 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


Haynes not eligible for Kershaw County Council District 5 seat

Bill Haynes is not eligible to be a write-in candidate for the Kershaw County Council District 5 seat currently held by Councilman Jimmy Jones. Jones was unopposed until Haynes started asking for write-in votes.

October 24, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


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