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Posted: December 30, 2010 10:26 a.m.
Updated: January 3, 2011 5:00 a.m.

• Country music fans in Kershaw County and across the country might get a special treat in the coming year. Superstar Merle Haggard, who’s one of the only country stars who really did serve time in prison, was recently honored at Washington’s Kennedy Center with a lifetime achievement award for his work. While there he got together with old buddies Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson and the three are contemplating getting together as a new singing group. There aren’t many better than those three, and any work coming out of their collaboration will be a treat.

• While we’re on the subject of music, let us say we’re glad to see that Camden native and songwriter Patrick Davis, along with business partner Travis Maynard, has opened a pub on Broad Street. There will be some musical events but Davis says he’s more interested in creating a quality place for people to hang out downtown. We wish The Old Towne Tavern well.

• We continue to be impressed with the way Gov.-Elect Nikki Haley is handling things prior to her inauguration. She’s made solid choice, rooted in common sense, such as naming Camdenite Bill Byars to head the Department of Corrections. Haley hasn’t demonstrated what some legislators feared -- that she’ll have the same kind of poor relationship with them that present Gov. Mark Sanford did. We hope she continues on her course.

• Glen and Joan Inabinet’s  “A History of Kershaw County” was not supposed to be delivered until the first part of 2011, but it arrived prior to Christmas, much to the delight of many people who bought copies or gave them to friends and family members as gifts. The Inabinets’ diligent effort -- more than 700 pages are contained in the book  -- is the definitive work on Kershaw County, from its settling right on up to the present. It’s available from the Kershaw County Historical Society.



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