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Noted and passed - June 8, 2015

Posted: June 5, 2015 3:01 p.m.
Updated: June 8, 2015 1:00 a.m.

• We recently spent a number of weeks delving deep into the question of whether or not Kershaw County is being left behind when it comes to economic development. While 25 jobs may not seem like a lot at first blush, Suonimen’s announcement a week ago to expand its Bethune operation is notable for several reasons. First, it speaks to something Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns said in one of our articles: “The county needs to take care of its existing industrial customers first, even as it courts new business prospects,” he said. “And the way to do that is to find out who they are, then find out what they want and get it to them.” Secondly, there is Suominen President and CEO Nina Kopola’s comment of having “excellent people” in Bethune. This tells us what we already knew: Kershaw County has, in all of its communities, a good, well-trained workforce devoted to quality. Here’s hoping other existing companies will follow Suonimen’s lead and to even more deciding to come here in the near future.

• The Camden Archives and Museum continues to show why it’s one of the most visited sites in the county. The Archives is already known as one of the best places in the state to conduct genealogical research and its reputation is growing thanks to the city’s purchase of the Ross Beard gun and military collection. Now, proving it can take itself into the 21st century while still looking back, it has installed a portable touch screen kiosk, allowing visitors to hear and see Beard himself talking about the collection, including portions which are not or cannot be on display. Local residents should avail themselves of what many visitors have already found: a true gem at the corner of Broad and Laurens streets.

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