Listening to Kershaw County Economic Development Director Peggy McLean at Tuesday's Kershaw County Council meeting, as recounted in one of today's front page stories, confirmed our happy suspicions: 2015 was a great year, as McLean put it, for Kershaw County from an economic development standpoint.
There is no better time to be a Carolina sports fan than now. The Carolina Panthers are on their way to the Super Bowl and, depending on what you read, a 4- to 10-point favorite to win it all. (Here in our offices, we're expecting a Panthers blowout over the Denver Broncos.)
The idea any currently enrolled Kershaw County high school student with a C or better average when they graduate -- almost any 9th through 12th grader -- will be able to go to Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) completely tuition-free is amazing news.
Today's news of KershawHealth's decision to lay off 26 employees is unwelcome, but understandable news. Despite Capella and MUSC Health's recent lease/purchase of the hospital and their agreement to invest some $55 million into the healthcare operation during the next 10 years, some tightening of the belt was likely inevitable.
Like many of you, we are not greatly enamored with the candidates for president gracing our television and computer screens this year. With all the bombast assailing us, we are quite grateful for the more pleasant campaigns right here at home for the special election to fill the District 1 seat on Kershaw County Council.
As we report on our front page today, the KershawHealth Foundation is changing its name to the Health Foundation of Kershaw County. Long-time residents will remember it under yet another name: The Hospital Foundation to Advance Healthcare in Kershaw County.
The date on today's paper reads Friday, December 25, 2015. Many of you, however, likely received or bought your copy of today's paper on Thursday -- an early present, if you will, due to moving our publishing schedule to account for even the post office and our delivery drivers being off Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
It is very, very rare when this, or any other, newspaper becomes part of the story it is covering. Today, one of our top stories concerns the positive result of a search for 7-year-old Charles Chandler, who disappeared with his parents just before Thanksgiving after being here only a few short weeks.
The election season is starting a little earlier than usual for us here in Kershaw County, due to the need for a special election to fill the District 1 seat on Kershaw County Council vacated by Willie Mickle at the end of November.