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.
Capella Healthcare of Franklin, Tenn., and MUSC Health -- the patient care arm of the Medical University of South Carolina -- will have to wait a little longer to take over KershawHealth.
Kershaw County School District (KCSD) officials offered a list of deferred maintenance projects to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees' finance/facilities committee Tuesday. KCSD Director of Operations Billy Smith said the list is based on safety, security, health energy efficiency and other factors.
From 1999 to 2006, I tuned in to every episode of "The West Wing" starring Martin Sheen. It was one of the smartest shows I've ever watched with a superb cast and excellent writing. Like every television show, it had its ups and downs. Its detractors felt it was too idyllic and -- being an Aaron Sorkin product, like "The Newsroom" in more recent years -- too preachy.
The KershawHealth Board of Trustees will receive a financial report from Executive Vice President and COO/CFO Mike Bunch. Bunch will also bring forward a request for the hospital to purchase equipment.
Kershaw County residents will have another chance to vote on a pair of school construction-related referenda in November 2016. Exactly what form those referenda will take is yet to be seen.
For a newly formed drill team, the Camden Military Academy (CMA) Blackjacks Pershing rifle drill team is quickly rising to the top. In November 2014, it became the first-ever high school Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unit to lay a wreath at U.S. Gen. John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing's grave at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C.
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