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Editorial: Cancer

It seems that everywhere you look in Kershaw County, you find cancer. It's not that this area is a pocket for the disease; rather, it's just, sometimes, peering around us, the often-deadly malady seems to be more pervasive than ever before. The American Cancer Society warns trying to spot trends in cancer rates is not for the casual observer but must be undertaken by medical and statistical professionals, so we'll not venture there. But there certainly seems to be more attention to the disease now -- probably a good thing. For while cancer still cuts down more than ...

April 08, 2015 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - April 6, 2015

• We considered it fantastic news when Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews announced the arrests of nine suspects on drug charges and outstanding warrants last week. The case was a perfect example of law enforcement agencies working together toward a common goal. It started with Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb, who made a simple traffic stop in his town. That reportedly resulted in information that led to a more in-depth investigation that involved the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), who went to work infiltrating the drug scene in the Bethune area, making ...

April 06, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Tone it down

There are many things we like about Gov. Nikki Haley, chief among them being her determined focus on economic development. Haley has been a tireless campaigner for South Carolina when it comes to attracting business to the Palmetto State, and it's paid off in lots of jobs and significant tax revenue. We also like the fact she's a female of Indian descent who helps the diversity picture in South Carolina.

March 27, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Ted Cruz

In this day of polarized politics, you rarely hear a member of one party criticize a member of the same party, and you seldom hear a compliment thrown towards a candidate from someone who resides in the opposite camp. But earlier this week, as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas kicked off his 2016 presidential campaign, Rep. Peter King of New York, a Republican just like Cruz, was free in dismissing Cruz as "a guy with a big mouth and no results." Going on to liken Cruz to a carnival barker, King verbally eviscerated the Texas senator. Of course, there's ...

March 25, 2015 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - March 23, 2015

• Friday, we reported a grand jury finally indicted 22-year-old Stephen Ross Kelly for his alleged kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of Briana Rabon. We say "finally indicted" because Briana was killed more than a year ago. While we cannot be certain -- grand jury proceedings are secret, and for good reason -- we suspect the indictments were handed down now because the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) only recently completed its forensic examination of evidence it and the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office collected. Briana, by all accounts, was a bright young lady who, at 18, had her entire life ...

March 23, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Economic development

Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns, in the infancy of a four-year term he says will be his only one, isn't making any secrets about his No. 1 priority: economic development. Burns is hanging an "open for business" sign out for Kershaw County, and he's making the rounds to drum up support. Good for him.

March 20, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: GOP in SC

Though it's nearly a year until South Carolina's first-in-the-South presidential primary, Palmetto State voters are going to be barraged by candidates, and it all starts this week as Republican hopefuls begin flooding the state to build support for their White House bids. Unlike the Democratic tussle, in which Hillary Clinton is virtually being handed the nomination, there is no front-runner in the GOP, but lots of wannabes. Several of the candidates coming into the state this week are fresh off appearances at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where many of the attendees stood just to the ...

March 18, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Homelessness

Our recent front page story on homelessness in Kershaw County highlighted a part of our community we sometimes don't want to think about, much less see. We suspect it's because of homeless stereotypes: those who live on the streets or in their cars with no job or prospect of one whether due to poor life choices or ill luck.

March 16, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Alternative power

Older Kershaw County residents will remember the oil embargo of the 1970s, when there were long lines at service stations here and across the nation. Since then, there's been a never-ending quest for the United States to become more energy-independent and to develop clean, alternative sources of power. Wind and solar have been touted for decades, by some as a cure-all, but they still remain a tiny percentage of all the energy created.

March 13, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: March Madness

With March Madness -- the annual NCAA college basketball championship tournament -- almost upon us, Kershaw County hoops fans are no doubt ready for the excitement of the lose-once-and-you-go-home affair. Adding special flair this year is the fact that Kentucky is attempting to become the first team to go undefeated since the Indiana Hoosiers pulled off the feat in 1976.

March 11, 2015 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - March 9, 2015

• Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan made a wise move a week ago in having County Planning Director Carolyn Hammond speak to members of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees on county growth projections. As the debate continues to ramp up about whether or not to bring a pair of construction-related referenda to voters in November 2016 (see today's front page), trustees -- and the public -- needed to know more than 2,100 lots are slated for new homes during the next few years, primarily in the West Wateree. Among those is Coldbranch, which will build out ...

March 09, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Gerrymandering

Here in South Carolina, as in so many other states, gerrymandering -- in which political parties redraw the lines of voting districts to suit their own purposes -- is a fact of life. It was done when Democrats controlled the state, and now it's done by Republicans. One of the nationwide side effects of gerrymandering is creating more partisan divide. Because districts are set up to be safe for one party, there's not much interest in candidates having to appeal to independent voters or those who aren't hard-line adherents of either party. And, by the way, the word gerrymander ...

March 06, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Crape scolding

One thing which makes Camden so appealing is its attention to and love for trees. The city is graced with thousands of them, and they add immeasurably to the atmosphere of our municipality. The Camden Tree Foundation and its many volunteers work tirelessly to plant new trees and keep existing ones healthy, and the city of Camden has had the foresight to hire a professional to oversee the arboreal health of the area. But a recent newspaper column by the town's urban forester, Liz Gilland, was a bit troubling in its tone.

March 04, 2015 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - March 2, 2015

• We were very glad to see Kershaw County Council recognize ALPHA Center Executive Director Paul Napper recently. Napper has served as The ALPHA Center's director for three decades. In all that time, he has also managed to find the time to serve on numerous local, state and even federal boards and commissions. Most recently, he stepped down from a seat on the KershawHealth Board of Trustees only to fill an open seat on the Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) Area Commission two days later. As always, Napper was humble in receiving council's resolution honoring him, saying it really ...

March 02, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Big money Dems

The ever-present cable news shows are already fixated on the 2016 presidential campaign, with the Republican race a wide-open affair and the Democratic nomination said to be Hillary Clinton's for the asking. Of course, we'll point out Clinton was also the overwhelming favorite in 2008 until Barack Obama came along and stole her candy. But one thing's for sure, no matter whom the parties nominate: massive amounts of money will be spent.

February 27, 2015 | | Editorials


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Editorial: Jordan Spieth

With Augusta being only a couple hours away from Kershaw County, the Masters golf tournament holds a great deal of allure for this area. The azaleas at Augusta National are famous for their popping colors and their beauty, but they're no prettier than those which are currently at their peak in Camden, we might add. But there's something magical about the Masters, which is ranked by many players as the one tournament they'd like to win more than any other.

April 17, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Improving the city

There have been many great additions to the Camden landscape in recent years -- to name a few, the statues of Joseph Kershaw and King Haiglar at the Town Green; the Bernard Baruch and Larry Doby statuary at the Camden Archives; and the new pocket park where the former Maxway building stood. All these have added to the town's appearance and ambience.

April 15, 2015 | | Editorials


Noted and passed - April 13, 2015

• Congratulations to Johnny Deal and Richard Walkirch for receiving, respectively, the United Way of Kershaw County's Jake Watson and Ann Dallas awards. Deal, often known as "Mr. Camden" or "Mr. Facebook" around town, is one of many people's favorite personalities. That doesn't necessarily win you awards. What does is a commitment to community involvement, which Deal has in spades, working with the Camden Jaycees, Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce, Community Medical Clinic, Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, the United Way and more. As for volunteerism, we can't imagine a more worthy recipient for the Dallas ...

April 13, 2015 | | Editorials


Editorial: Fringe groups

We're not too high on elected officials who hew to positions on the fringes. Like many, we believe adherence to strict political philosophies is one of the primary reasons for the polarization in American politics today. There just aren't many lawmakers in Washington today who are willing to sit down and work things out despite their political differences, as there were for decades.

April 10, 2015 | | Editorials


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