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A Camden son will be heading to Munich, Germany, this summer to head up the S.C. Department of Commerce's European office. Ford Graham will spearhead Commerce's international recruitment efforts on the continent.

February 22, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


Chamber may endorse state 'competitiveness agenda'

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President Otis Rawl asked the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce (KCCC) to endorse the state's 2012 Competiveness Agenda Thursday.

February 22, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Business


Whitaker Seafood

Whitaker Fresh Seafood Market is now open at 2406-B Broad St. in Camden's Dusty Bend area. "Our goal is to provide a large variety of fresh seafood that everyone will enjoy," said owner Randall W. Whitaker. "Each week we have a variety of fresh fish filets and bone-in dressed fish which are USA-wild caught sustainable products. We also have fresh salmon from the Arctic Circle, which is rich in OMEGA-3." Whitaker Fresh Seafood Market also offers shrimp, oysters, crab legs, scallops, fresh Maine lobster and more. Venia Whitaker is assistant manager of Whitaker Fresh Seafood Market, which is open ...

February 15, 2012 | | Business


Coldwell-Banker office to merge with Spears Creek branch

In July 2006, then-Century 21 Bob Capes Realtors Broker-in-Charge Greg Newman said growth was pushing into Kershaw County. There were new houses online then and his agents were seeing interest in Camden housing as a result of the pending arrival of the Third Army to Shaw Air Force Base. Newman said Kershaw County was in "great shape" because of its quality of life, access to I-20 and its schools.

February 08, 2012 | Martin L. Cahn | Business


Chamber in the black so far in FY 2012

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce earned income of more than $18,000 for the first half of its 2011-2012 fiscal year.

January 27, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Business


Third Lugoff dealership comes under family umbrella

The owner of Lugoff Ford and Lugoff Toyota, Mark Mason Sr., recently purchased a third dealership in the Lugoff community -- the Carolina Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, located across from Lugoff Toyota on U.S. 1.

January 20, 2012 | Keri Boyce | Business


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January 16, 2012 | | Business


SAFE returns more than $2 million to members

SAFE Federal Credit Union members received extra benefits Dec. 31, 2011, when bonus dividends and loan interest rebates totaling more than $2 million were posted to accounts. Deposit accounts, including certificates, received a 10 percent bonus based on dividends received in 2010. Loan accounts (except credit cards) will receive a 7 percent interest rebate based on total interest paid in 2011.

January 13, 2012 | | Business


First Palmetto annual meeting March 19

First Palmetto Financial Corp., the holding company for First Palmetto Savings Bank, F.S.B., will hold its 2012 annual meeting of stockholders at 10 a.m. March 19, 2012.

January 11, 2012 | | Business


Williams honored

Lawrence Williams III (left) of Camden, maintenance caretaker of Camden Cove Apartments, received one of two 2011 Outstanding Maintenance Caretaker Territory Awards presented by Partnership Property Management at its annual awards banquet held in This award is given to a maintenance caretaker chosen from nominees who have shown continued professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication to their property. Williams has worked with Partnership Property Management since March 2007 and was chosen for the award, company officials said, because of his efforts to provide quality living in Kershaw County and to make Camden Cove a safe and well-maintained home for the residents. He ...

January 11, 2012 | | Business


A new day at McDonald’s

Camden children had something to celebrate Dec. 16 as they were released from school for winter break. The McDonald's at 215 DeKalb St. treated youngsters to a brand-new Play Place, face-painting, a ceiling of balloons and Santa hats for every attendee to spread Christmas cheer. Joining to help celebrate was Ronald McDonald, 97.5 WCOS and the Camden Fire and Police departments. All guests at the event were entered in a raffle. Three lucky winners went home with iPods, and an unsuspecting customer won a brand new 32-inch flat screen television. The store was filled with families from 2 ...

January 04, 2012 | | Business


Chamber launches interactive website

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce launched an interactive website in December to digitally promote a newly updated community map.

January 02, 2012 | Miciah Bennett | Business


Scuba family

The owners of Columbia's Wateree Dive Center Inc., originally from Camden, were honored with a Platinum Pro 5000 Diver Award this year by Scuba School International. Larry, Serena and Andy Ogburn each received an award for their individual number of dives and 35 years of contributions to the diving community.

December 26, 2011 | Miciah Bennett | Business


KC’s Hughes completes economic development institute

Leigh Hughes with the Kershaw County Economic Development office, along with 38 other local leaders and development professionals from across South Carolina, completed the 2011 S.C. Economic Development Institute recently.

December 21, 2011 | | Business


Fickling joins McKay Firm

James E.L. "Eddie" Fickling has joined the Columbia-based firm of McKay, Cauthen, Settana, & Stubley, P.A. as an associate. He practices in the areas of workers' compensation defense, civil litigation, and subrogation and workers' compensation appeals.

November 25, 2011 | | Business


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Book signing

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.

October 22, 2014 | | Business


Piggly Wiggly in Camden to stay open, says manager

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.

October 22, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


SAFE cuts ribbon on new Lugoff branch

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.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business


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