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Noted and passed - March 24, 2014

Posted: March 21, 2014 8:23 a.m.
Updated: March 24, 2014 5:00 a.m.

• A tip of the C-I hat to the 1964 Camden High School marching band on the 50th anniversary of being named “The Greatest Band in Dixie” at that year’s New Orleans Mardis Gras. According to former trumpeter Jerry Sheheen, much praise can be heaped upon band director and teacher Bill Basden who was “very well respected and admired by all of those who he taught.” It was a thrilling chance for Camden students of the day to visit The Big Easy during one of the most celebrated festivals in America. And we’re sure having judges name them the best marching band in the South wasn’t too shabby, either.

• We’re in the midst of the filing period for candidates wishing to be on the ballot in this year’s elections. While much of South Carolina has its collective eyes on the governor’s, other statewide and even national races, the C-I is about to be firmly entrenched in months of political reporting about candidates, issues and elections right here at home. By next Sunday, when the filing period closes, we’ll see whether anyone is running unopposed or if some races are only represented by one party. We feel the democratic process works best when voters have more than one candidate to choose from; it works even better when there are candidates from both parties. While the election process can seem long and tedious, we hope there are enough candidates who file by Sunday to truly give the voters real choices to make.

• The 82nd running of the Carolina Cup is this Saturday at Springdale Race Course. The annual spring event brings out thousands of people -- many from out of town -- swelling the cities ranks by several factors. Much has been made during the last few years of College Park, the area devoted to bus loads of college students who wish to enjoy each others’ company at least as much, if not more, than the races themselves. We feel confident that the Camden Police Department, led by Chief Joe Floyd, and its law enforcement partners will keep things under control. The infield, grandstand and other public areas will hold a mix of local fans, their families, friends and others who enjoy a good steeplechase race or two. Here’s hoping the weather is good, the company and horses better and that everyone remembers to drive home safely after the festivities are done.

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