When I thought long and hard about who or what to write about for my annual, year-end "...of the Year" column, and when I looked back at what appeared to be 2012's biggest stories in the C-I, the choice was clear: the voters of Kershaw County.
And so we come to the last third of the year -- a look back at the final months of 2012 as we reach the final day. Here, then, are the biggest stories of September, October, November and December as we close the door on 2012 and open the way to 2013.
The middle of third of 2012 almost seems like a lifetime ago, now. A lot happened during the months of May, June, July and August, including possibly the year's top story: the case of a missing Columbia teenage girl resulting in the arrest of an Elgin man.
The new year is almost upon us, which makes it time once again for the Chronicle-Independent to look back at the year that is almost done. Some of the biggest stories of 2012 continued from 2011; others will continue into 2013. Perhaps the biggest news? The fact that all of us are here to read this year-end review as an ancient Mayan prophecy the world would end Friday was proven false.
This is turning out to be one of the tougher holidays for a lot of Americans. The economy continues to be a problem as we nervously wait to see if we'll go over a fiscal cliff, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., has cast a pall over the holiday spirit.
In just a few days, the Santee Wateree Rural Transportation Authority (SWRTA) will stop providing transportation to Medicaid patients. Shutting down such transportation after Dec. 31 will end 27 years of service to Medicaid patients, affecting not only Kershaw County, but Calhoun, Clarendon, Lee, Orangeburg and Sumter counties.
Howard Branham stood in front of an exhibit cabinet in the museum wing of the Camden Archives and Museum Friday morning as about 40 people stopped by to wish him well on his retirement. They included fellow members of city staff, members of the Friends of the Archives and Museum and members of the Camden Archives and Museum Commission.
Ron Moak, of Camden, an assistant solicitor with the 5th Circuit Solicitor's Office in Kershaw County, resigned Dec. 10 following several allegations. Solicitor Dan Johnson, through his director of communications, Nicole Holland, confirmed Moak's resignation.
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Aside from moving forward with its search for a replacement for outgoing City Manager Kevin Bronson, Camden City Council focused on finances and whether or not to create a board of architectural review during its work session Dec. 11. The 2012 fiscal year ended nearly six months ago on June 30.
A couple of months ago, I "rejoined" LinkedIn, the social network for business professionals. I got back in to it because the network was beginning to expand from simply helping people network for that next big job to helping them with their current jobs. A few friends and family members had also joined up at the same time that LinkedIn began adding some more news-oriented and thought-provoking features.
Camden City Council voted Tuesday to table first reading of an ordinance that would reaffirm and amend a procurement policy written into the city's employee handbook. Tuesday night's vote is the latest chapter in a nearly two-year-old struggle over the policy.
Austin Meyer was driving along I-77 in Columbia a number of years ago, thinking about a design for a single-engine jet plane. Meyer, who's designed airplanes for most of his adult life, figured the new jet could get him -- or anyone else, for that matter, where they were going just a little faster. It would just take a bit of engineering … and a few million dollars.
Newly elected Camden Mayor Tony Scully and Councilwoman Laurie Parks will be greeted at their first work session and regular meeting with thick agendas Tuesday. Council will not meet again until January.
I shivered slightly when I realized that this Friday night, Dec. 7, is the exact five year anniversary of the night 17-year-old Camden High School student Michael Smith died of a single gunshot blast to the chest, the first and so far only Kershaw County victim of a gang-related shooting.