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Editorial: Good news

Posted: February 3, 2015 4:01 p.m.
Updated: February 4, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Two bright spots for Camden were revealed in Monday’s issue of the Chronicle-Independent, and in an age when bad news seems to dominate -- at least at the national level -- it’s worth spotlighting those things again.

First, Christian Community Ministries, which has operated in this area for many years, providing a host of services to people in need, received a truckload of groceries from Food Lion, the result of a grant application from Robin McAlpine, CCM’s food pantry manager. Hoping for a couple boxes of jelly, she ended up seeing a snowball effect when a large truck pulled up to CCM’s headquarters last week with 400 cases of canned goods and 200 cases of dried food items. Thirteen Food Lion employees helped unload and stock the food, which will improve the lives of hundreds of Kershaw County residents.

We were also glad to see that the city of Camden will create a small park where the Maxway building formerly stood, at the corner of Broad and Rutledge streets. On a long-term basis, the city would like to market that property, but that’s an iffy proposition right now, so the city is moving forward with adding some amenities that will make an attractive green space. Financially, it’s not going to be a huge investment for the city, and lighting, walkways, landscaping and benches will brighten the area and perhaps even add to its marketing appeal.

On a similar note, many people have noticed that in recent weeks, it’s sometimes difficult to find vacant parking spaces in the downtown area at night as more and more people are going there to eat, drink, socialize and perhaps do a little shopping. That’s a great problem to have and speaks to a downtown atmosphere that is more vibrant than it has been in many years.

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