It should come as no surprise to long-time readers that I am absolutely loving Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom on HBO. In fact, considering some of my latest columns, new readers probably aren't surprised, either.
The city of Camden has until Jan. 1, 2013 -- a little more than four and a half months from now -- to comply with federal mandates concerning emergency communication interoperability. The mandates grew out of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans where law enforcement and other emergency agencies found it difficult to communicate with each other.
Seven years ago, the Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a man they knew as 24-year-old Ashiko B. Smith. CPD investigators placed Smith ended in the Kershaw County Detention Center and charged him with murder for fatally shooting 41-year-old Walter James Johnson in March 2005.
Washing your hands. It sounds simple, almost trivial to talk about. However, ever since Joseph Lister -- working off the theories of Ignaz Semmelweis and Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. -- pioneered antiseptic surgery, it's been an important component to keeping patients healthy and alive in hospitals around the world. So important that the very act of hand washing has become something to be tracked at KershawHealth.
Fitch Ratings, the international credit rating agency has affirmed its BBB+ rating for KershawHealth and deemed the healthcare system's rating outlook as "stable." George Corbin, a member of the KershawHealth Board of Trustees and chair of the board's finance committee, gave his fellow trustees the good news at its July 23 meeting.
On the surface, it seems silly to devote a column to deconstructing a superhero movie, even a huge blockbuster like The Dark Knight Rises. What could be more frivolous, after all, than spending $10 to $20 bucks (popcorn and drink included) to see a summer flick?
Camden City Council decided to put off launching community surveys for one year, citing the fact that the proposal has not been budgeted for the current fiscal year. The idea to conduct surveys came out of an April 30 "road trip" to Rock Hill. Rock Hill City Council conducts such surveys through an independent firm every three years as part of its strategic planning process.
Camden City Council may follow the example of their counterparts in Rock Hill and begin conducting community surveys as part of its annual strategic planning process. Council will discuss the possibility during its pre-meeting work session Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
Twenty years or so ago, I worked at a prominent Columbia-area talk radio station. I worked behind the scenes, pushing buttons and making sure commercials got played when they were supposed to. For a long stretch, I handled the midday shift, from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Back then, one of my jobs was airing Rush Limbaugh's titular talk show.
For more than a decade, Camden has been trying to find a way to keep heavy trucks off of Broad Street and on to a truck route. Camden has a truck route and has an ordinance on the books that would enforce its use -- but doesn't currently do so.
The developers of Bridlewood Farms on Springdale Drive in Camden now have the go-ahead to take the first steps at actually creating the subdivision.
(The following correction ran in the Chronicle-Independent on July 25, 2012: "Camden City Council candidate Peggy Ogburn was misidentified as a former Departmenet of PublicWorks director. Mrs. Ogburn chaired the Clemson Extension Community Development Committee. As such she opened the city's first recycling center in 1990 along with those serving as the county's Clemson Extension agtent and former city public works director. The C-I apologies for any confusion." The online version now reflects an accurate record of Mrs. Ogburn's service.)
For several months, things have been quiet in the more than year-long controversy over the city of Camden's pursuit of constructing a sports complex. The city purchased property on Campbell Street in March 2011 with the intention of building a sports complex, proposed using hospitality taxes to construct it and began negotiating with the YMCA of Columbia to manage it. The plan met not only with vocal opposition, but legal challenges as well.
Kathleen Parker, who lives part of the time in Camden, and I probably don't see eye-to-eye on everything, certainly not in the political arena. That's OK; diversity of views is what makes the world go around for me.
Getting ready quickly to fight a fire must run in the family.
KershawHealth still suffered an approximately $80,000 operating loss for the month of January, but -- thanks to an increase in emergency department visits and other factors -- improved its fiscal year-to-date bottom line by $1.5 million from January 2014. KershawHealth had lost $2.41 million dollars for the first four months of the 2014 fiscal year. For the first four months of Fiscal Year 2015, KershawHealth has only lost about $918,000.
For those of you who believe in an open internet in the United States, the fight is still on. For the moment, though, we can bask in the glory of the U.S. Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) 3-2 vote last week to impose so-called "net neutrality" rules on internet service providers (ISPs).
It will only cost the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) about $5,000 to repair the most critical and hazardous issues at Camden High School's Zemp Stadium. The district plans to begin making those repairs -- and similar ones at Lugoff-Elgin and North Central high schools' stadiums -- during warming weather later this year.
Andrea Wind, daughter of Lugoff Ford, Lugoff Toyota and Carolina Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram owner Mark Mason, recently founded Lighthouse for Life, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to combating sex trafficking through "education, restoration and empowerment," according to the organization's website.
Saturday night, a number of basketball players spent a few hours on the Camden High School's (CHS) basketball court playing five-on-five games to raise money for the Kershaw County Community Medical Clinic (CMC). The highlight of the evening: a game between members of the CHS' 2009 state championship basketball team and a team made up of other CHS basketball alumni. The alumni came out on top, narrowly defeating the 2009 team 38 to 36 after two 20-minute periods.
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