As 2015 approaches, Kershaw County's oldest continually operating business is celebrating its 150th anniversary by doing what it's always done: offering a wide variety of insurance products with competitive pricing and hometown service.
Even as I close in on 50 (mark your calendars for next March), I still like to play computer games. Frivolous, I know ... or is it?
In addition to passing first reading of an ordinance authorizing an up to $4 million bond to renovate Rhame Arena and contribute to the construction of a community building at an expanded Central Carolina Technical College campus, Camden City Council took up several other matters at its Nov. 11 meeting.
A large crowd gathered early at Hampton Park in downtown Camden on Wednesday afternoon for a 3 p.m. ceremony honoring a long-time physician known as "Dr. Mac." About 70 people sat in chairs while another 30 to 40 stood across the street from the house where Dr. Francis N. McCorkle first lived in Camden. Several people were on the agenda to speak. The Camden Military Academy (CMA) color guard became a last-minute addition, representing the facility where McCorkle has served as school doctor for 57 years.
In July, KershawHealth reported scoring 100 percent on six quality core measures for the third month in a row. Monday, KershawHealth Board Vice Chair Dr. Tallulah Holmstrom reported four of those core measures struck the 100 percent again for at least six months, ending in September. Holmstrom, chair of the board's quality committee, reported one core measure hit 100 percent for the ninth straight month.
Camden City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve first reading of an ordinance that would authorize the issuance of an up to $4 million bond to pay for renovations at Rhame Arena and pitch in to the construction of a community building at Central Carolina Technical College's proposed expanded campus.
Former Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Capt. David Thomley is dropping his lawsuit against Sheriff Jim Matthews. Thomley lost the Republican nomination to Matthews in 2010, who went on to be elected sheriff in that year's general election. Thomley lost again to Matthews this July when the sheriff beat him in the Republican primary and there were no Democratic contenders.
Stories like this normally open with a phrase about a dream -- its becoming real, the "culmination of" or, even, "something like a." But, the official opening of the Jackson Teen Center (JTC) has more to do with the keeping of a promise.
Being a journalist on election night can be exhilarating, exhausting, confusing, confounding or some combination of all.
Camden City Council will consider two items during its meeting Tuesday night that could save the city money.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will meet again tonight, and will again use most of an executive session to discuss strategic partnership proposals by two for-profit companies.
Jeffrey Graham, the former mayor of Camden who lost a reelection bid two years ago, will rejoin Camden City Council in December, this time as a councilman. Deborah Davis, currently chair of the Camden Parks and Trees Commission, will take a seat on council for the first time.
About a dozen representatives from Duke LifePoint (DLP) arrived at KershawHealth's Health Resource Center (HRC) late Tuesday morning to propose a possible strategic partnership with the local public hospital. That 10- to 12-strong contingent numbered about twice that of Capella Healthcare, which made a similar presentation to the KershawHealth Board of Trustees on Oct. 27 at the Elgin Outpatient/Urgent Care Center.
(With focus on this year's election coverage, I'm giving myself a break from this week's column. However, here's a somewhat Halloween-related column from 2010 I hope you'll enjoy again.)
If approved by Camden City Council in November, up to $4 million in bonds will be used to help finance the renovation of Camden's Rhame Arena and create a convention center at the Central Carolina Technical (CCTC) campus near I-20 Exit 98. City Manager Mel Pearson revealed the bond issue's purpose as part of a public hearing held during council Oct. 28 meeting.
Dec. 30 isn't that far away.
Camden City Council voted unanimously Dec. 9 to approve four more Leaders Legacy recognition benches. The benches will honor a late dentist and three former city councilmen. Councilman Jeffrey Graham is acting as the city sponsor for the four benches.
Smiley, Quiet Storm, Showtyme, Precyse, Tailor Made, Terminator, Lieutenant, Havoc, Live Wire, Dimplez, Eyes and Eclipse. If they sound like female gang names, you'd be right and wrong. They're the "better gang," the Kershaw County Diamonds and they are step dancing champions.
Plans for Rhame Arena's renovation are firming up, and will include a shift of the main entrance from the north side to the east side of the more than 50-year-old building. Camden Economic Development Director Wade Luther presented the changes to Camden City Council during a lengthy work session Tuesday afternoon.
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