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Ariail for Oct. 20, 2014

October 20, 2014 | | Ariail

Noted and passed - Oct. 20, 2014

• Thanks to I-20, two U.S. highways and several state highways, we have a lot of commercial vehicles passing through Kershaw County on a daily basis. While most of those vehicles are likely carrying goods for sale here and elsewhere across the country, there's also a good chance hazardous materials are being trucked through as well. So, it's a good thing Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) and the Kershaw County Fire Service have joined forces to create a Special Operations Team (SOT) to deal with any "HazMat" accidents that may occur. According to LF-R Battalion Chief Chris Spitzer, the team ...

October 20, 2014 | | Editorials

Prince returns to his classic funky ways

Ah, Prince, how we've missed you. Prince Rogers Nelson has finally "Kiss"-ed and made up with Warner Bros. Records, regaining control of his original catalog of music and put out not one, but two albums worth of new music on the same day.

October 20, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

The love or hate of air conditioning

It's a funny thing. That's what Mama used to say when something baffled her. Like Mama, I prefer that things make common sense. Otherwise, I'll ponder, figure, study, and try to decipher that funny thing until it's somewhat sensible.

October 20, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns

Soft skills

In early September, I attended a meeting of superintendents in Greenville. A major area of discussion was the development of a workforce that would attract sustainable industry to South Carolina and how K-12 education fits into this puzzle. To underscore this discussion, the meeting included a tour of the BMW plant in Spartanburg. Wow! This facility absolutely reflects what a 21st century workplace looks like and what many of our students will need to be prepared to enter. I talk a lot about preparing students for their future and not our past. The BMW tour reminded me why this is ...

October 20, 2014 | KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan C-I contributing columnist | Columns

Op-Ed: The penny sales tax

On Nov. 4, Kershaw County citizens will have the opportunity to vote on the Kershaw County School District facilities referendum. Because of legislation passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014, voters will be able to decide whether or not a penny sales tax that would be collected for 15 years could be imposed in the county and used by the school district to fund the projects in the referendum.

October 20, 2014 | Donnie Wilson CFO, Kershaw County School District | Columns

Camden residents support Graham for city council

I want to voice my support for Jeffrey Graham in his pursuit of a seat upon Camden City Council. I think Jeffrey is a unique candidate with a perspective we need. He is a family man with young children, and because of this I think he can represent the needs of many other young families in the Camden area. While all of the current council members have important and impressive qualities, the direct representation of our younger generations is imperative, and with Walter Long leaving, we do not have such a voice on the council if not for Jeffrey Graham.

October 20, 2014 | | Letters

Reader supports Reuwer

I am supporting David Reuwer for probate judge in the coming election. In any election, voters must ask a couple of things: does the candidate know what he or she is doing, and does the candidate possess the proper attitude to best serve the people of Kershaw County. Well, Mr. Reuwer is a practicing lawyer and Elgin municipal judge experienced in probate matters including the new, revised probate code. Mr. Reuwer is a hardworking man dedicated to the protection, conservation, and celebration of the historical legacy of Kershaw County. He has a strong need to help others; it seems to ...

October 20, 2014 | Thomas Bettendorf Camden | Letters

Reader: ‘vote no twice’

I see signs appearing throughout the county imploring you to "Vote Yes Twice" regarding the school referenda. If you favor tearing down perfectly good schools and Camden High's football stadium, construction new ones to replace them, to the tune of $130 million plus interest; and if you want to pay higher taxes on everything you buy, then by all means vote yes.

October 20, 2014 | Charlie Humphries Camden | Letters

SAFE cuts ribbon on new Lugoff branch

SAFE Federal Credit Union officially opened its new branch in Lugoff with a ribbon cutting Thursday. The new facility replaces the SAFE location in Camden's Springdale Plaza. Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce President Spencer Graham opened the proceedings.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Business

Man on horse-drawn carriage rolls through Kershaw County

Kershaw County motorists along U.S. 1 saw an unusual sight Oct. 10: a horse-drawn wagon rolling down the highway. Rodger Howell of Erin, Tenn., stopped for a conversation and said he, his two-horse team and dog have traveled much of the eastern United States, making friends all along the way.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Military

Cover Columbia to help renovate UWKC’s men’s shelter

Radiate Church will kick off its third annual "Cover Columbia" event on Sunday. During that week, church members will perform random acts of kindness along with community service in the Midlands, including Kershaw County.

October 20, 2014 | Tenell Felder | Kershaw County

A tool for any job

What started as a simple collection of antique vehicle license plates has grown over the years into a vast array of classic and unique tools lining the walls of the shop Bill Self of Camden uses to restore classic cars. Self said he started collecting many years ago.

October 20, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Camden

Post-game brawl at Zemp under investigation

It should have been the perfect ending to a festive Friday night at Zemp Stadium. A Camden High School (CHS) Bulldog football victory over once-beaten Dreher, which put them in a four-way tie atop the Region 4-AAA standings, came after a pre-game and halftime tribute to the school's 1964 AAA state championship team.

October 20, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden

Woman riding moped killed when pickup truck hits head-on

A Kershaw County woman died after the moped on which she was a passenger was struck head-on by a pickup truck on Smyrna Road outside Elgin around 10:15 p.m. Friday.

October 20, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Crime-Police-Fire

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Local Credit Union will hold free shred event & community food drive Thursday

The Mid Carolina Credit Union will host a food drive, a branch wide bake sale to benefit the United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) and a free community shred event on Thursday.

October 15, 2014 | | Business

Lady Bulldogs close in on region title

Four concussions. At least one shoulder injury and an ankle injury. A revolving door lineup.

October 15, 2014 | | Camden High/Middle

Taking Camden CC to school

Golf, for better or for worse, has turned into a power game. Players grip it and rip it in this era in which thinking one's way around 18 holes has almost become a thing of the past.

October 15, 2014 | Tom Didato | Golf

Westwood weaponry too much for Demons to fend off

BLYTHEWOOD --- On a muggy night in Blythewood, the Westwood Redhawks are who Lugoff-Elgin Demons thought they were: A very good football team.

October 13, 2014 | By TYLER CUPP Special to the C-I (Camden, S.C.) | Lugoff-Elgin High/Middle

Knights wait until last minute before topping Vols

Like the song says, sometimes "you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone."

October 13, 2014 | Tom Didato | North Central High/Middle

NC girls chew up Cheraw

On a night in which the trip to get to Cheraw probably took longer than the match itself, the North Central volleyball team stayed perfect on the season with a 3-0 win over the host Braves.

October 13, 2014 | | North Central High/Middle

Slater’s career night helps Dogs snap a two-game slide

HOPKINS --- Don't tell Kendrice Slater he was operating behind a patchwork offensive line. The Camden tailback is having none of that talk.

October 13, 2014 | Tom Didato | Camden High/Middle

Ariail for Oct. 13, 2014

October 13, 2014 | | Ariail

Noted and passed - Oct. 13, 2014

• We're seeing some good business and other news here in Kershaw County, showing signs that, perhaps, the community is beginning to climb out of the economic doldrums that have plagued us for too long now. The highlight of the week, of course, was word that Hengst is going through its third expansion, announcing it will invest $8 million into the Steeplechase Spec Building and bring 20 new jobs during the next three years. In the meantime, we've seen new small businesses spring up, or new life bloom in older ones, across the county. There are also still rumors ...

October 13, 2014 | | Editorials

Malala and Kailash at the best of us

There have been times when the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize seems political at best, pandering at worst. Nobel prizes, in various categories, including peace, are supposed to be awarded to the person or persons the Nobel committee believes have "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

October 13, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Columns

A lifetime of bad decisions

When Miss Ondia Mae died at 75, those of us who knew her marveled that she had managed to make it to the end of her life without winding up in the poorhouse.

October 13, 2014 | By Ronda Rich www.rondarich.com | Columns

Strategic partnerships -- what are they?

KershawHealth's Strategic Plan, approved by the board of trustees earlier this year, makes it clear that various alliances are essential to the organization's future success in caring for our community. We must recognize that there are 13 not-for-profit and investor-owned hospitals within a 50-mile radius of Kershaw County and that, more specifically, KershawHealth competes with large healthcare systems in the Columbia metropolitan area. An openness to new ideas and new ways of partnering in a rapidly-evolving healthcare environment is the only strategy for success.

October 13, 2014 | By Terry Gunn, interim KershawHealth CEO C-I contributing columnist | Columns

KCC to consider third readings on ordinances

Kershaw County Council will meet Tuesday with an agenda including three public hearings and third readings of ordinances that, if approved, would become law.

October 13, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Kershaw County

City council cancels work session, meeting

Camden City Council has canceled both its work session and meeting for Tuesday. No explanation was provided by deadline Friday.

October 13, 2014 | | Camden

Fatal collision ties up traffic on I-20 Friday

Westbound I-20 traffic was stop and go for several hours Friday after a one-car crash near mile marker 96 took the life of Lisa Marie Munn, 25, of Camden. The S.C. Highway Patrol reported Munn drove a 2007 Honda Acura onto the median between the westbound and eastbound lanes and struck a "low boy" trailer the patrol said was legally parked. The patrol reported Munn was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated and was dead at the scene.

October 13, 2014 | | Crime-Police-Fire

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