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County government shut down for five days

Posted: December 27, 2010 2:47 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2010 5:00 a.m.

It’s the holidays and everyone enjoys being off of work and spending time with their family. So naturally the courthouse and Kershaw County offices were closed for five days straight. What? Yes, they were closed Dec. 23-27. Let me think … what holiday is the 27th? Oh yeah, it’s the Monday after Christmas. Everyone celebrates that holiday, right? Even the banks can’t close for more than three days in a row.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for taking time off at the holidays, and Christmas is a good one, but to shut down all county offices for that long is kinda crazy. I understand closing on the 24th. That seems reasonable but Thursday and Monday I don’t get it. I don’t deal with the courthouse very often (maybe that’s why I didn’t see the sign on the door until it was too late) but to postpone all transactions with these offices for that long without having at least one person there in the office on the 23rd and 27th is a little odd. You expect people to close on certain days and you also expect them to be open certain days.

Now, this won’t be a big effect on my life, although I did notice while I was outside the courthouse Thursday that there were five or six other people who also walked up to read the sign on the door and wander away puzzled. I hope all the county employees had a Merry Christmas. They probably deserved the time off, but I just hope the holiday didn’t extend to the medical center and the paramedics (you know, they deserve time off, too).

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