Fire Fest celebrates its 20th anniversary Saturday at the nearly renovated Rhame Arena in downtown Camden. It celebrates this anniversary with much of its traditional fare -- the 9 a.m. parade of fire trucks, ambulances and other emergency vehicles down Broad Street (this year, beginning at Rutledge Street, according to the event's Facebook page); side-by-side burn demonstrations, showing how important residential sprinkler systems can be; the annual Explorers competition; and lots of vendors, food and other fun.
• Congratulations to Dr. Larry Parrott on being honored with a Leadership Legacy bench as part of the city's Leaders Legacy recognition program. Parrott, as noted in Friday's cover story, served as a pathologist at what is now KershawHealth for more than 30 years. He has, for even longer, served the community in a variety of ways, through his church, Bethesda Presbyterian; at Rotary; and by supporting youth sports and activities. As Camden Mayor Tony Scully put it during Tuesday's bench dedication: "This remarkable man, who has shaped this community for the better, has demonstrated by his actions ...
Recently, we interviewed Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews about the dichotomy of doing a good job enforcing the state's driving under the influence (DUI) laws, but lamenting how badly those laws are flawed.
We notice in today's Yesteryear feature an interesting coincidence: 29 years ago this week, the Kershaw County School Board of School Trustees decided to delay a facilities study until members and district officials could meet with a bond referendum consultant and, possibly hold a meeting to get feedback on the potential projects and funding.
Friday, we published two reports concerning funding for upcoming or possible future infrastructure projects. The first came from Kershaw County Council's Sept. 8 meeting where Councilman Jimmy Jones presented alternate funding proposals to pay for making improvements at various county industrial sites.
Fourteen years ago today, foreign terrorists attacked America on American soil. September 11, 2001, was a Tuesday that year. The terrorists boarded four planes, slammed two into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, another into The Pentagon and tried to crash the last into the White House.
So, Rick Santorum visited Chapin, participating in the town's Labor Day parade. He is not the first presidential candidate to visit South Carolina as we near 2016 and he won't be the last. Indeed, there are so many candidates visiting South Carolina these days, it's hardly news.
• Wow! Another major corporate investment is coming to Kershaw County, this time to the tune of $88 million (see our front page). As with Haier's recent $72 million, 410-job investment, at this stage, we have no idea which company will be revealed as what is currently being called "Project Stagecoach." Is it an existing company investing in extra technology? Or a complete newcomer to Kershaw County with several hundred new jobs. Time will tell. What we will suggest is with Suonimen's recent announcement, INVISTA's decision to bring 200 contract jobs in-house, Haier's plans and, now, Project ...
We were happy to report on last Saturday's groundbreaking at the site of the county's first Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant playground at the Kershaw County-West Complex at Whitehead Road and U.S. 1 between Lugoff and Elgin.
Today's editorial is inspired by Marshall Ramsey's elegant cartoon (above) recognizing the courage, resilience, strength and persistence of those whose lives were irrevocably changed 10 years ago by Hurricane Katrina.
Wednesday, we reported on this summer's excessive heat and its effects on city of Camden electric bills. Several of us here at the Chronicle-Independent noted bills from a period covering most of the month of June appeared much higher than usual. We also received calls and in-person inquiries about the spike.
Sitting on a jury is inconvenient at best, time consuming at least and, at worst, scary, depending on the case being heard. It is also one of the most important, honorable duties for which an American can be chosen.
• Congratulations to local McDonald's franchisee George Sensor for earning the company's Al Golin Trust Award. As we reported on a recent People & Places page, Sensor received the award -- one of the highest a McDonald's owner/operator can receive -- for outstanding commitment to their local communities, employees, and customers. Horse owner, animal lover and businessman, Sensor is also very well known in the community for his charitable contributions. One of the more recent and visible examples is his donation of a utility van to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter. The Al Golin award is a well-deserved achievement ...