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Noted and passed - July 14, 2014

Posted: July 11, 2014 8:00 a.m.
Updated: July 14, 2014 5:00 a.m.

• For years, the public and the media have made fun of celebrities for mangling The Star-Spangled Banner at sporting and other major events. While we didn’t hear of any particular instances this Independence Day, we did hear of one local “star” who did their hometown proud: 12-year-old Louisa DeLoach. As we related on our front page Wednesday, Louisa is a rising seventh-grader at Camden Middle School. She played percussion in the sixth grade band and also plays guitar. She also sings our national anthem. The first time most people heard her do so was at this year’s Carolina Cup. Folks there were so entranced, that they urged Louisa’s father, Joe, to send a video tape of her to a Charlotte, N.C., radio station holding a contest to choose who would sing The Star-Spangled Banner at Charlotte’s SkyShow before a sell-out crowd for the Charlotte Knights’ baseball team’s Fourth of July game. She told us she was nervous but that she thought everything turned out all right. The radio station’s contest coordinator said Louisa did a “great job.” And the very next night, she was back in Charlotte singing for the city’s professional lacrosse team. So, in the midst of those who would treat singing our national anthem as a publicity stunt, remember: there’s one middle school girl who knows what it’s about -- honoring those who have fought for our freedom.

• A few days after the Fourth, we returned, so to speak, to the country from which we gained independence through the story of Marjorie Huntington. Eighteen years ago, the single parent of grown children decided to leave not just Kershaw County, but America, to indulge her desire to travel and continue her teaching career. Huntington taught at North Central middle and high schools for nine years before joining the U.S. Department of Defense Schools program and moving to England. There, she spent 17 years teaching English (including Shakespeare) to high schoolers at an American air force base. And Huntington got her chance to travel, visiting France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Germany, Israel, Egypt and Morocco. Now a great-grandmother, she has returned to Camden in order to spend time with family. We find her story inspiring. Many people dream for years of combining what they love to do with what they’d love to do. Marjorie Huntington made that happen, giving her a lifetime of memories we’re glad she shared with our readers.

• We’re also glad to see that the town of Bethune has hired a new, if part-time, police chief. The town has been without its own police protection since April when Glenn Davis suddenly resigned after serving for only about eight months. Davis, you may recall, is the son of former Bethune Mayor Carlisle Davis and there were questions surrounding his hiring while his father was still in office. That was especially so since the council that was in place in March 2013 voted to dissolve the police department after declaring it did not have the money to continue providing police protection. Then, six months later, council -- with two members absent and Mayor Davis recusing himself -- voted to hired Glenn Davis. That is all in the past, we hope, with a new mayor, new and former members on council and, now, a new police chief. While no one should have illusions that new Chief Joey Cobb will stay forever, Bethune residents should be glad that they are able to afford its own law enforcement and that they have found someone willing to serve.

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