The middle of 2011 took us past the Wateree River where a pirate ship temporarily weighed anchor, brought us the discovery of missing evidence from a 2010 trial, saw a longtime county official leave and a new city archives director come on board, and run a dog pack down in Camden's historic district.
Last week, I named Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews as my 2011 Person of the Year. Inevitably, any thoughts of law enforcement bring me thoughts of crime. Sometimes reading crime reports can be the most enjoyable part of the day.
A review of this newspaper's top headlines during 2011 find that most focused on four subjects: new Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews; politics, in terms of new elected and appointed officials; crime; and the city of Camden's sports complex/YMCA controversy. For all intents and purposes, there was no getting away from these stories.
Dot Goodwin said she was in Camden's city hall when Camden City Council was discussing the then-pending hospitality tax several years ago when she noticed something.
Camden City Council focused on financial reports and electric utility projects during its Dec. 13 work session. The meeting was a split one, starting at 5 p.m. ahead of a long 6:30 p.m. regular meeting and picking up again around 8 p.m. that evening. Rickie Tiller of Cantey, Tiller, Pierce & Green LLP, presented a brief report on the city's Fiscal Year 2011 audit. Assistant City Manager Mel Pearson followed Tiller's report with a fiscal year-end report of his own. Those reports were given in the first half of the work session. Bronson followed the ...
In February 1974, New York Magazine published a long, in-depth article about the fight between the then-current backers of the existing New York Coliseum and the supporters of a proposed convention center. Among the supporters: Mayor John Lindsay. About half-way through the story, readers are introduced to someone helping the opponents of the proposed project: Herbert J. Farber. Opponents hired his public relations firm to "immediately begin orchestrating the resistance," according to writer Nicholas Pileggi.
A 39-year-old Camden man faces multiple charges following an incident at a U.S. 601 South, Lugoff bar involving a number of Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies and employees
(The online version of this story has been modified to correct an error in the fourth paragraph. Originally, the C-I erroneously attributed the term "perfect storm" to a statement by Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO David Pankau instead of to BCBS board chairman Ed Sellers, as indicated here, who was a speaker at the KershawHealth Foundation's recent Baruch Dinner in November. The C-I regrets the error.)
Like him or not, there is no doubt Sheriff Jim Matthews has made an impact here in Kershaw County.
In what appears to have been an attempt to go joyriding in an old Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) truck, deputies arrested a 48-year-old Cassatt man and two men in their 20s Tuesday night. Deputies responded to a witness' call that the three men were trying to steal the vehicle from inside the Kershaw County landfill compound on Park Road.
Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham, 29, his voice strained, told a packed-to-capacity crowd at Camden City Hall Tuesday night that he deliberately chose to return to Camden after college because he "believes in the people that raised me in this community to be who I am today."
A ski mask, dark clothing, BB gun and a fire extinguisher. Those are the items Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) investigators hope will help them find a man they believe broke into an Oak Ridge Drive home in Lugoff's Pepper Ridge subdivision Friday night.
Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies are searching for a man who tried to rob the Cherokee Quick Stop on Cherokee Boulevard near the Richland County line.
• No matter how you feel about Tiger Woods -- it's a bit hard for us to pull for him given all the revelations about him -- one thing is clear: golf is more exciting with him. His win last Sunday at the Chevron Challenge, in which he birdied the final two holes to claim victory by a shot, was his first in two years. It'll be interesting to see how he does next year, and whether he can resume his chase of Jack Nicklaus' record number of victories in major championships, but as long as he's competitive there will ...
If the data from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is right, there's at least one planet with the potential of harboring life. Perhaps, based on the data, there are thousands upon thousands of such worlds.
KershawHealth generated $1.1 million in operating income in February thanks to collecting a $1.8 million tax debt set-off from a S.C. Association of Counties (SCAC) program. Without the SCAC collection, KershawHealth would have experienced a $700,000 operational loss for the month.
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.
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