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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


AG Wilson speaks to Kiwanis Club

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson talked about human trafficking during the Camden Kiwanis Club's September meeting Tuesday.

September 06, 2013 | Tenell Felder | Politics


Two more candidates vie for Elgin seat

Two additional candidates, Stacia Grooms and Christopher Renfroe, have registered to run for Elgin Town Council in a June 18 special election. Both Renfroe and Grooms are in their early 20s and are recent graduates of Lugoff-Elgin High School.

May 22, 2013 | Tenell Felder | Politics


‘People really want change’

It's official: State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, of Camden, is launching his second campaign in three years to become South Carolina's next governor. Sheheen, a Democrat, ran in 2010 against current Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, losing by only four percentage points. The official announcement came Wednesday, the day before "City of Camden Day at the South Carolina State House," during which he received the key of the city from Mayor Tony Scully. In return, Sheheen read a joint proclamation marking "City of Camden Day" in the Senate chamber as did State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk in the House chamber.

April 17, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Legislative forum calls for improved infrastructure

Improving South Carolina's infrastructure was the main topic at the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Legislative Forum held April 4 at the Fine Art Center (FAC) of Kershaw County.

April 10, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Politics


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