The laws of man and of God stood side by side in the sanctuary of Camden First Baptist Church Tuesday as 5th Judicial Circuit Judge G. Thomas Cooper Jr. (center) administered the oath of office to Jim Matthews, the first new sheriff in 16 years in Kershaw County. Matthews' wife, Heather, held the Bible upon which he pledged his service. Additional details on the ceremony and Matthews' vow to work with other law enforcement agencies will be featured in Friday's C-I.
In his first major action since completing his recent campaign for governor, S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen has released a list of bills he has pre-filed for the 2011 legislative session.
Jim Matthews will have a busy day Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. At noon, he will be sworn in by Circuit Court Judge G. Thomas Cooper at First Baptist Church of Camden as Kershaw County's new sheriff. During that ceremony, Matthews will sign memorandum of understanding -- mutual aid agreements -- with other sheriffs and police chiefs. That will be immediately followed by a luncheon at the Robert Mills Courthouse with many of those same law enforcement leaders.
Camden's Bill Byars -- former school board member, family court judge and currently director of the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) -- has been tapped to become the new head of the S.C. Department of Corrections.
Representative Laurie Slade Funderburk (D-Kershaw) has been elected to serve as chair of the South Carolina General Assembly Women's Caucus for a two-year term. Funderburk said she is eager to begin her work as head of this 17-member, bipartisan organization.
When making the rounds with her husband to the Elgin precincts Tuesday night, Nissary Wood had to remember not to get too excited.
Nissary Wood and David Herndon will face off again in a special election Tuesday for Kershaw County Board of School Trustees Seat 2.
Kershaw County Board of School Trustees candidates Nissary Woods and David Herndon are still locked in a dead heat.
With 1,554 votes, incumbent Walter Long led balloting Tuesday to win re-election for a second term on Camden City Council. Willard Polk, coming in second with 1,397 votes, gained the seat held by departing Councilman Ned Towell who is stepping down following a failed bid for Kershaw County Probate Judge. Challenger Phyllis Hampton Dye came in third with 1,148 votes.
Thursday - 1111 Church St., Camden
Jim Matthews is going to take a little bit of a break. A week, perhaps, to recharge after nearly two and a half years of campaigning to become Kershaw County's new sheriff.
For the first time in more than 20 years, Kershaw County Council will have a new chairman.
Every other year, politicians say the same thing to their constituents on Election Day: "every vote counts."
Along with Gene Wise, who was elected Tuesday as Kershaw County Council chairman, another new face will be seen on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Kershaw County Government Center.
They may not agree on many issues, but one thing both Democratic and Republican party leaders could come together on Tuesday was that voter turnout was extremely strong.