Given the budget restraints that virtually all government agencies are facing, we understand why the Social Security office at 1111 Broad St. in Camden closed. Dollars are tight, and officials say Uncle Sam will save more than $3 million during the next 10 years by shutting down the local facility. But we'll hand failing marks to the agency for the way it handled the shutdown, notifying few people and making no attempt to contact its clients and the media, which could have spread the word of the shutdown.
Conservatives are mightily concerned -- rightly so -- about runaway entitlement spending in this country. Various social programs enacted since Lyndon Johnson's Great Society began in the mid-1960s are at a boiling point.
The Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) showed improvement in several national career and technical education performance standards for 2013, according to results released by the S.C. Department of Education.
Students at Jackson Elementary School are getting ready to walk or run in the Clinic Classic Challenge which benefits the Community Medical Clinic (CMC). The Clinic Classic Challenge will be held April 26.
Kershaw County schools are celebrating March as Red Cross Month by holding their annual Million Penny Drive to benefit the American Red Cross Sandhills Chapter. The coin collection takes place during March at all Kershaw County public schools.
North Central High School (NCHS) recently crowned Abigail Durant and William McInvaille as its 2014 Miss and Mr. Green and Gold. Contestants in the pageant danced to an opening number. The pageant's theme this year was "Blast from the Past," so the contestants' casual wear was theme-based.
Thursday, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Charlotte Thompson Fire Department (CTFD), located at 746 St. Matthews Road in Camden, will hold its 56th annual barbecue. All plates are $8 each and profits benefit the volunteer fire department and the community center. The event is an opportunity for friends and neighbors to eat together at the community center. Take-out is also available.