Katherine and Bruce Brown, owners of Bloomsbury Bed & Breakfast in Camden, are the 2015 recipients of the Betty Skeen Hospitality Employees of the Year award from the Olde English District Tourism Commission. The Browns received the award at an annual luncheon sponsored by Duke Energy on Dec. 15, 2015, at Veterans Memorial Park Lodge in Union.
Members of LifeNet, a commercial emergency helicopter transport service, showed off their new home at Woodward Field east of Camden during an open house Dec. 9. The company, which has served Kershaw and other surrounding counties' first responders and hospitals for a number of years, recently replaced its offices at the Kershaw County Airport with a new, large trailer.
Two weeks after he graduated from Camden High School, Ronnie Bradley received a telephone call from Harvey Hall, owner and founder of Hall TV in Camden, offering Bradley a job. Bradley, who had studied auto mechanics and woodworking in high school, told Hall he appreciated the offer but knew nothing about televisions.
The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Center recently helped celebrate the openings of four new businesses with ribbon cuttings. The businesses include Hunter's Trace Farm Hay and Feed in Camden's Dusty Bend, the Boykin Mill Store in Boykin, and Sweet Lili's and The Armory Steakhouse in downtown Camden.
The S.C. Chamber of Commerce recently named State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk as one of its 2015 Business Advocates of the Year. Funderburk received the award during the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce Board of Director's November meeting. Funderburk is one of 47 legislators so named, including Kershaw County representatives Jimmy Bales and Speaker of the House Jay Lucas, who received their awards during a separate ceremony.
A $30 million investment in natural gas boilers at the INVISTA Camden plant in Lugoff is resulting in what the company says is a significant reduction in air emissions. According to an INVISTA press release, the company -- one of the world's largest producers of polymers and fibers -- is beginning to see the benefits of the fully operational boilers at the nylon fiber manufacturing plant.
Lorie Sutton, with Upchurch & Jowers Insurance Agency for the last five years, recently earned the Certified Builders Insurance Agent (CBIA) designation from Builders Mutual Insurance Company. Sutton received the designation through Builders University, Builders Mutual's company sponsored education division.
FIRST PICTURE: Recently, the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce, along with elected officials, friends and family, celebrated the grand opening of Professional Development and Training Services (PDTS) LLC with a ribbon cutting. PDTS provides Certified Nursing Assistant training. Exemplifying the highest levels of professionalism, they teach students the skills needed to successfully pass the nurse aid state exam and also help students prepare for the workplace; giving them the tools and equipment to be stable in employment and be professional in all they set out to do. PDTS, at 931 Broad St. in Camden is open by appointment only, with classes ...