Joe Sparks of Elgin is all smiles as he prepares to fill his pick-up with sub-$2 gas at Murphy Express in Camden, one of several Kershaw County stations which dropped the cost of a gallon below $2 on Tuesday morning. Though plummeting oil prices are causing havoc in financial markets, they're producing big grins for local motorists, who six years ago were paying about twice that much for fuel. The price on the pump for regular unleaded gasoline reads $1.989.
AgSouth Farm Credit's South Carolina Regional President Ronnie Summers has announced the retirement of Veronica Wooten, a loan specialist in the Lugoff office, effective Dec 31, after 34 years of service to the agricultural lender.
After 51 years working in Lugoff, Richard Leadingham is retiring. He is well known in the community, as he has been a car salesman for 21 years at the Toyota Store and Lugoff Ford since retiring from DuPont after a 30-year career there. He said the biggest change he's seen in the auto business has been the use of technology.
Each year, more than 800 purple martins flock to INVISTA's wildlife reserve to hatch their young in one of 200 white gourds atop poles on INVISTA's Camden property in Lugoff. It's the job of 15 employee volunteers to make sure INVISTA's 640-acre wildlife habitat is ready to house these dark-feathered swallows, along with many other species of animals.
After realizing the key role small businesses play in keeping Kershaw County thriving, North Central High School student Kayla Bowers set up a Facebook page -- Shop Local Shop Camden -- to highlight small businesses in Camden and encourage residents to shop locally. Kayla is also challenging residents to do 25 percent of their holiday shopping in Camden.
The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce has a new captain at the wheel as Chamber President Spencer Graham recently took a new job in Charleston and relocated there. Chamber Executive Director Liz Horton broke the news at the chamber board's monthly meeting Thursday and said Amy Kinard, who had been first vice-president, has moved into the president's position.
As 2015 approaches, Kershaw County's oldest continually operating business is celebrating its 150th anniversary by doing what it's always done: offering a wide variety of insurance products with competitive pricing and hometown service.
Lee Ann Parker (right) speaks with family friends (from left) Pastor Gene Rollins and, his wife, Linda, as Parker's husband, Sampson, signs a copy of "Unthinkable Choice" at Books on Broad on Oct. 18. The Parkers, who live Harrisburg, N.C., co-wrote the book with Thomas Smith about Sampson's decision to cut off his own arm after getting it caught in a corn picker on his "hobby farm" in Kershaw County on Sept. 11, 2007. The book also chronicles their lives afterward as Sampson recovered from his ordeal.
Camden's Piggly Wiggly on East DeKalb Street, is receiving its wholesale goods from a new supplier, but store manager Steve Jackson said shoppers won't notice a difference, other than gradual expansions and improvements planned for the store.
SAFE Federal Credit Union officially opened its new branch in Lugoff with a ribbon cutting Thursday. The new facility replaces the SAFE location in Camden's Springdale Plaza. Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce President Spencer Graham opened the proceedings.
The board of directors of First Palmetto Financial Corporation, parent company of First Palmetto Bank, has declared a quarterly dividend of $350 per share of common stock. The dividend to stockholders of record as of Oct 24, 2014 will be payable October 31, 2014.