Technically speaking, the personal computer -- usually referred to as a desktop computer -- was born as a programmable calculator in 1965, the year of my birth. During the 1970s, Hewlett Packard introduced a BASIC computer that could fit on a desk. It included a keyboard, small one-line display and a printer. The Xerox Alto, that (according to Wikipedia) inspired the Apple Macintosh, came along in 1973. IBM had a small CRT display computer two years later.
Camden City Council used much of its afternoon work session Tuesday to discuss transportation issues, including its pending move to a Columbia-area planning organization and a parking project south of Rutledge Street.
One face will be missing from the Carolina Cup when it returns to Camden March 30. Willie "Almond" Locklear, official farrier for both the Carolina Cup and Colonial Cup since 1997, died last week at the age of 65.
This week is Sunshine Week, that week of the year where journalists, especially in the newspaper business emphasize the importance of freedom of information acts (FOIA) and open government. Sunshine Week is a joint effort of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP). It's called Sunshine Week because the observation started in Florida by that state's press association in 2003. Florida is, of course, the Sunshine State.
Camden City Council will continue its discussion of whether or not to join the Central Midlands Regional Council of Governments' (COG) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) during its work session Tuesday afternoon. Due to population changes reflected in the 2010 Census, the combined population of the city of Camden, town of Elgin and certain unincorporated areas of Kershaw County reached more than 50,000. Federal law requires that an MPO be designated for each "urbanized area" hitting that population level.
A new book written by State Sen. Vincent Sheheen of Camden goes on sale today. "The Right Way: Getting the Palmetto State Back on Track" is, according to the back cover, "about South Carolina -- a South Carolina we know can exist if we join together in a common vision with leaders who actually care about our state."
All men. All out. That combination earned the praise of both a packed audience and judges at Camden High School's (CHS) basketball gymnasium for Lower Richland High School's Diamond Dawgs to win Saturday night. Wearing black clothes and gold ties, the team took the high school Mayor's Cup at the 2013 Camden step show and took the crowd by storm.
The S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) and Crimestoppers is looking for any information that might lead them to a car that struck and killed Derk Lawrence Maricle, 50, of Lugoff, early Friday morning. A SCHP spokesperson said Maricle was walking north on Blaney Road some time before 3 a.m. Friday when an unknown vehicle apparently struck and killed him. The collision took place near U.S. 1 near the Richland County line.
The city of Camden will have its day at the State House -- literally. As part of the city's effort to market itself, Camden's marketing consultant, Ashley Hunter, has arranged with state lawmakers to have April 11 declared City of Camden Day at the State House.
There are no longer finance, executive or governance committees among the KershawHealth Board of Trustees. On a unanimous vote, trustees decided Monday to abolish those three committees in favor of having the full nine-member board deal with the details of the decisions those committees make. The one exception may be the executive committee.
KershawHealth is recording $1.5 million in other operating income -- actually $1.67 million with 10 percent placed in reserve -- for meeting Medicare-related "meaningful use" criteria set by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.