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Chamber celebrates 106th year with Sweet gala
Chamber - Small Business
Jamie and Dawn Plemmons (center and second from right), owners of SERVPRO, accept the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerces Small Business of the Year Award from Chamber President Amy Kinard on May 13 at the chambers annual gala. With them are (from left) Brent Hutto of award sponsoring company First Citizens Bank; and Chamber First Vice President Dennis Ray. - photo by Johnny Deal

The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce held its 106th annual meeting, awards ceremony and “Sweet Celebration” Gala on May 13. Executive Director Liz Horton said the chamber has “made great strides to improve the businesses climate as well as promote the community to attract visitors, new residents and new employers.”

Horton also announced the chamber is honoring two long-time chamber member businesses which closed in 2015 -- Nettles Cleaners and Hall Radio & TV -- as well as recently deceased community leaders former Camden Mayor Phil Minges, philanthropist Sibby Wood, steeplechase horseman Dale Thiel and Judge Ernest Kinard with with engraved honorary bricks installed in the walkway leading to the chamber offices.

The chamber held the gala and awards ceremony at its headquarters at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse on South Broad Street in Camden.